Taiwan Bans Di-n-octyl
Phthalate in Cosmetic Products
The Department of Health
of Taiwan has announced to prohibit the use of Di-n-octyl
phthalate (CAS Number: 117-84-0) in cosmetic products by taking
the following measures:
1. Adding of Di-n-octyl
phthalate to the list of prohibited cosmetic ingredients;
2. Prohibiting the importation, manufacture, sale or offer
for sale any cosmetics containing Di-n-octyl phthalate on
and after 1 May, 2009.
According to the Statute
for Control of Cosmetic Hygiene (Paragraph 1, Article 23),
cosmetics or cosmetic colorants that are detrimental to human
health shall be prohibited to be imported, manufactured, distributed
or placed on the Taiwan market. Existing certified cosmetic
product containing this ingredient shall be filed an amendment
for reformulation. Failure to comply will result in a non-renewable
termination upon its certification expiration date.
The following acute and chronic health effects may occur after
exposure to Di-n-Octyle Phthalate:
- Eye contact may cause
- Repeated skin contact
could cause dryness, cracking and rash.
- Breathing the vapor
may irritate the nose, throat and bronchial tubes. Higher
levels can irritate the lungs, causing damage.
- Prolonged overexposure
may damage the kidneys and liver.
What is Di-n-octyl phthalate?
Di-n-Octyl Phthalate is
a colorless, oily liquid. It is used as a plasticizer in the
manufacture of plastic products. It is also commonly used
as a kind of fixative in personal care products such as nail
polish, perfume, hair gel and shower gel.
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