Europe – EU Scientific Committee publishes opinion on salicylic acid safety in cosmetics

In light of the new data provided, does the SCCS still consider Salicylic acid (CAS 69-72-
7) safe when used as a preservative in all cosmetic products up to a maximum
concentration of 0.5% (acid) considering its current restriction as reported above?

The SCCS considers salicylic acid (CAS 69-72-7) safe when used as preservative at a
concentration of 0.5 % in cosmetic products considering its current restrictions in place.
This Opinion is not applicable to oral products such as toothpaste and mouthwash.
Sprayable products that could lead to exposure of the consumer’s lung by inhalation are
also excluded…