More allergenic fragrances to be labelled

The list of 24 fragrance allergens that must be labelled in cosmetic products will be extended with 56 substances.

The list containing substances that are identified as fragrance allergens, and which must be labelled on cosmetic products, currently contains 24 substances. A further 56 allergenic fragrance ingredients have been shown to cause allergies in humans. As the use of the substances poses a potential risk to human health the European Commission finds it necessary to inform consumers. Therefore, a labelling obligation is introduced for the substances.

The 56 fragrance ingredients will be added to Annex III of the Cosmetics Regulation. This means that fragrance ingredients must be individually labelled in cosmetic products if the concentration of the ingredients exceeds 0.01% in rinse-off products and 0.001% in leave-on products.

Transitional periods
Cosmetic products containing one of the new allergens can be sold on the EU market during a transitional period until 31 July 2026. The products must be withdrawn from the EU market by 31 July 2028.

The individually labelled fragrance allergens were assessed for allergenicity by the EU's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

For more information about fragrance allergens, please contact:

Helle Buchardt Boyd  
Tel +45 4516 9097