Cosmetic Products Regulation, Annex VI - Allowed UV Filters

This list contains substances designated as UV filters which cosmetic products marketed in the European Union may contain. The list contains concentration limits and additional restrictions, as well as labeling requirements for some substances.

Zinc oxide

EC / List no: 215-222-5 CAS no: 1314-13-2
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Substance Identification Name
Zinc oxide
EC Number
Physical form
Conditions Product type, body parts
All cosmetic products
UV Filter
Maximum Threshold
25 %
Not to be used in applications that may lead to exposure of the end-user's lungs by inhalation

Only nanomaterials having the following characteristics are allowed: - Purity ≥ 96 %, with wurtzite crystalline structure and physical appearance as clusters that are rod-like, star-like and/or isometric shapes, with impurities consisting only of carbon dioxide and water, whilst any other impurities are less than 1 % in total - Median diameter of the particle number size distribution D50 (50 % of the number below this diameter) > 30 nm and D1 (1 % below this size) > 20 nm - Water solubility < 50 mg/L - Uncoated, or coated with triethoxycaprylylsilane, dimethicone, dimethoxydiphenylsilanetriethoxycaprylylsilane cross-polymer, or octyl triethoxy silane

In case of combined use of zinc oxide and zinc oxide (nano), the sum shall not exceed the limit given in column g

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