The German competent authority for REACH intends to submit a restriction proposal according to REACH Article 69(4) and to restrict the manufacture, use, and placing on the market of 1,4-dioxane-containing surfactants. In cosmetics and personal care products, 1,4-dioxane itself is not used as an intentionally added ingredient but is an impurity that may be present in trace amounts in certain ethoxylated ingredients including surfactants. If the restriction proposal is completed, the use of 1,4-dioxane-containing surfactants in consumer products, including cosmetics, may be threatened.

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