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Parliamentary questions
10 July 2013
E-008251-13
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D)

 Subject:  Allergenic chemical preservatives in cosmetics
 Answer(s) 

Dermatologists in Belgium are ringing alarm bells: more and more people are becoming allergic to cosmetic products. According to dermatologists the culprits are methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and methylisothiazolinone (MI). These are chemical preservatives that are used to extend the shelf life of water-based cosmetic products. However, these preservatives are highly allergenic and, last year, the number of people that developed allergies increased at an alarming rate. Belgian skin disease centres are now working on a scientific paper aimed at banning these preservatives.

— Is the Commission aware of the problems caused by MCI and MI?

— Is the Commission aware of any previous or current studies looking into the effects of these substances?

— How can the Commission intervene and is any action planned?

— Can the Commission ban the use of these chemical substances at European level?

Original language of question: NLOJ C 65 E, 05/03/2014
Last updated: 25 July 2013Legal notice