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Argentina Bans Antibacterial Agents in Personal Care and Cosmetic Products

Argentinean authorities have banned through Disposition 13832/2016 the use of the following substances in antibacterial products registered in Argentina as personal care, cosmetic and/or perfume products: cloflucarban, fluorosalan, hexylresorcinol, secondary amyltricresols, methylbenzethonium chloride, sodium oxychlorosene, triclocarban and triclosan. The scope of this prohibition includes liquid soaps, bar soaps, foams, gels, and all other rinse-off applications for hand and body use. As an exemption to this ban, triclosan may be used in (i) toothpaste, deodorants, face powders, corrective creams, and products used in hand and toe nails before applying artificial nails, in a concentration of up to 0.3 percent, except in aerosol form; and (ii) mouthwashes in a concentration of up to 0.2 percent, except in aerosol form.

Affected entities have been given two years from 27 December 2016 to comply with these restrictions.

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