The European Union will ban selected parabens in cosmetics

Parabens are endocrine disruptor chemicals and two of them, Propyl- and butylparaben, were included on the SIN List (Substitute It Now!) in 2011. The EU Commission is moving now towards a stricter regulation of these endocrine disruptors, which are usued as preservatives in cosmetics. The banned are: isopropyl-, isobutyl, pentyl- and benzyl esters of 4-hydroxybenzoic and their salts. The Commission is also pushing to reduce the allowed maximum concentrations of butyl-and-propylparaben. This proposal can be considered as a response to Denmarks national ban of these substances, which occurred in 2011.