Cosmetics: Chemicals

Department for Business and Trade written question – answered on 30 March 2023.

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Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2022 to Question 157481 on chemicals, what tests have been conducted on imported and ecommerce consumer products for the presence of lysmeral above legal concentration limits.

Photo of Kevin Hollinrake Kevin Hollinrake Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)

There have been no changes to the regulatory position of Lysmeral under REACH since the answer given by my Hon. Friend the Member for Bury St Edmunds (Jo Churchill) on 27 April 2022, UIN 157481. That means there are no grounds under REACH for testing for its presence in products.

Lysmeral is a prohibited substance for use in cosmetics under annex II of the Cosmetics Regulations 2009 and has been since December 2022. Enforcement authorities, the Office for Product Safety and Standards and Trading Standards, test products where intelligence dictates the need to do so because, for example, it is suspected that a particular product contains a banned or limited substance.

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