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  • Max concentration of retinol allowed in a formula

    Posted by jeremien on June 20, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Everyone, 

    This is a regulatory question. For cosmetic product is there a maximum
    of retinol that can be formulated in a cream.? I’ve seen that CIR concludes
    that retinol is safe up to 0,3%. Nevertheless, I can see many product with
    higher retinol concentration.


    Bill_Toge replied 1 year, 10 months ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
  • 7 Replies
  • Herbnerd

    June 21, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    For which market?

    China for example, max 1% on leave on products, but no limit on rinse off products.

  • Abdullah

    June 22, 2022 at 3:09 am

    @Herbnerd are you in china? 

  • jeremien

    June 22, 2022 at 10:07 am

    I am in Europe, but I would like to know the limitation of concentration in different geographical areas. I am mainly interested in face cream! Thanks for your help!

  • Paprik

    June 22, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    If you are in Europe, your best friend is CosIng. You can find all regulatory restrictions, limits and useful information. 

    Start at page 68 - Conclusion. But if you have problems with sleeping, read the whole Opinion document :D 


  • Herbnerd

    June 22, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Abdullah said:

    @Herbnerd are you in china? 

    No - New Zealand. But I do work with a number of regs in China and the rest of Asia.

  • jeremien

    June 23, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you all! What I understand is that in Europe there is only this opinion, but there is no regulation  (Retinol is not in Annex III of the cosmetic regulation). So until the opinion enters the regulation, the concentration can be push over 0.3%

  • Bill_Toge

    June 24, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    @jeremien you’d struggle to find a safety assessor willing to sign it off, though

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