California wants to ban PFAS in cosmetics

If the state of California passes the bill to ban PFAS substances in cosmetics and beauty products, it will become the first US federal state to ban PFASs in this type of products.

The bill was presented in August and will apply from 1 January 2025 if it is adopted later this autumn. The proposal also includes the group of hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) used as aerosols propellants.

In the EU, many perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are still permitted in cosmetic products.

In 2018, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency carried out a risk assessment of fluorinated substances in cosmetic products focusing on PFAS substances. None of the analysed products posed a risk in themselves. 

The substances are very persistent in the environment and bioaccumulative or very bioaccumulative in both humans and the environment. Humans are exposed to PFASs from many different sources besides cosmetics.

For more information about cosmetic ingredients, please contact:

Helle Buchardt Boyd 
Tel +45 4516 9097