Croda Welcomes the Official Entry of Zinc Oxide into Annex VI of the EU Cosmetics Regulation

Croda, a global speciality chemical company, has welcomed the news that EU member states in the EU Commission Working Group on Cosmetics have voted in favour of approving zinc oxide as a UV filter in cosmetics in Europe.

Helene Hine, Marketing Manager, said: “By formally approving new options to achieve effective UVA and UVB protection, this is a major milestone for formulators of UV protection products who will now have a wider choice of globally approved UV filters to meet consumers’ needs.”

Following the vote on 22 October 2015, zinc oxide in both its nano and non-nano form will be suitable for use as a UV filter, with official entry into Annex VI of the EU Cosmetics Regulation expected from early 2016.

“Croda firmly believe in the value of mineral UV filters and are pleased with this recent development and the opportunities it opens up for both our customers and ultimately the end consumer” continues Helene Hine.

Croda offers a range of zinc oxide dispersions under their SolaveilTM Clarus brand, Solaveil CZ-100 and Solaveil CZ-300. A tightly controlled particle size distribution ensures these provide true transparency on the skin whilst maintaining excellent UV protection. With different carrier oils available for formulation versatility, these mild dispersion systems are very easy to use in a wide range of personal care applications.