Butylparaben, chemically Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate is most widely used anti-microbial preservative in cosmetics and personal care products. Use of chemical above 0.1 % w/w in products on EU market had to be declared in ECHA’s SCIP [Substances of Concern in articles as such or in complex objects (products) database]. ECHA said the end goal would be a total phase-out of the chemical. It also stated that ECHA said butylparaben was one of four new hazardous chemicals to be phased out.
Christel Musset, director of hazard assessment at ECHA, said: “Chemicals on the candidate list are among the most regulated in the EU, and our aim is to gradually phase them out. In the meanwhile, companies need to ensure their safe use and be transparent towards consumers who have the right to know where these chemicals are used.”