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Recently, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has requested for a scientific opinion on 2,2′-methylene-bis-(6(2H-benotriazol-2-yl)-4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol) (CAS No 103597-45-1), Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol (INCI) listed in Annex VII as reference number 23, which has been used as UV filter in sunscreens, day care products and skin lightening products.

The Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food expressed its opinion (SCCNFP/0080/98) with the following conclusions: “The SCCNFP is of the opinion that Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol is safe for use in cosmetic products as a UV light absorber at a maximum concentration of 10%”.

As a result of the recast of the European Cosmetic Directive (76/768/EEC) into the Cosmetic Regulation (EC No. 1223/2009) a new description will be necessary for this chemical. According to the description stated in the Cosmetic Regulation under article 2 this material could fulfil the definition of a nanomaterial. Based on this new definition supplementary data on the material on its nano form, was submitted by the applicant.

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