EU labelling change for formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

The EU Commission published Regulation 2022/1181 on the labelling requirements for cosmetics products containing formaldehyde-releasing preservatives.
The regulation amends the preamble of Annex V to Cosmetic regulation 1223/2009, which now includes the following text:
‘’All finished products containing substances which are listed in this Annex and which release formaldehyde shall be labelled with the warning “releases formaldehyde” where the total concentration of formaldehyde released in the finished product exceeds 0,001 % (10 ppm), irrespective of whether the finished product contains one or more substances releasing formaldehyde.’’

The deadlines for compliance are:
– 31 July 2024 for placing on the market
– 31 July 2026 for making available on the market (off-shelf)

These updates are only applicable in the EU and Northern Ireland.