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Chile Adopts Restrictions on Antibacterial Agents in Cosmetic Products

Chilean authorities have adopted the following maximum limits on the antibacterial agents triclosan and triclocarban in rinse-off cosmetic products: 0.2 percent triclosan in mouthwashes, 0.3 percent triclosan in all other rinse-off cosmetic products authorised to be made in or imported into Chile, and 0.2 percent triclocarban in all rinse-off cosmetic products authorised to be made in or imported into Chile. Non-rinse-off cosmetic products that remain on the skin must be formulated with a preservative other than triclosan or triclocarban, however.

Authorised products containing triclosan or triclocarban such as cosmetic soaps must also comply with certain labelling requirements. For example, statements highlighting the therapeutic properties of those products are forbidden as are such terms as “antiseptico” (antiseptic), “sanitizante” (sanitising) and “desinfectante” (disinfectant). On the other hand, the inclusion of such terms as “higienizante” (hygienic) or “ayuda a eliminar bacterias” (helps eliminate bacteria) is permitted.

Products seeking a new sanitary registration must comply with the new requirements effective immediately, while products with an existing sanitary registration must be reformulated to meet these provisions no later than 17 October 2017.

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