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Chile Extends Deadline to Comply with Restrictions on Antibacterial Agents in Cosmetic Products

Chilean authorities have delayed until 12 October 2018 the entry into force of certain restrictions on the use of antibacterial agents in rinse-off cosmetic products. Accordingly, importers and domestic producers must exhaust their stock of non-compliant merchandise by that deadline.

Chilean regulations require rinse-off cosmetic products to comply with the following maximum limits on the antibacterial agents triclosan and triclocarban: 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.

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