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Parliamentary questions
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6 July 2016
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003949/2016

The Commission has been following closely the reports about the use of talc-based powder products of the company mentioned in the written question and their possible link to cause ovarian cancer.

According to the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products (‘Cosmetics Regulation’)(1), talc (hydrated magnesium silicate) used in cosmetic products has to bear the warning keep powder away from children's nose and mouth for all powdery products, which are intended to be used for children under three years of age (entry 59 of Annex III to the Cosmetics Regulation). There is no other specific restriction for the use of talc in cosmetic products. Despite the lack of such restrictions, manufacturers are responsible for the safety of their products containing talc placed on the EU market in line with the requirements of the Cosmetics Regulation.

Up to date, there has been no conclusive scientific evidence that supports a link between the ovarian cancer and the use of talc in cosmetic products. Therefore, no additional measures to restrict the use of talc in cosmetic products are being considered at this stage. However, if robust scientific data showing a link between the use of talc and cancer become available, a new risk evaluation would be carried out to ensure consumer safety. In the meantime, the Commission will draw the attention of the Member States' competent authorities to this matter at the next Standing Committee on Cosmetics Products in September 2016.


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