With the Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1198 from 22. July 2016 the commission has forbidden the usage of methylisothiazolinon in all cosmetic leave-on products starting 12. February 2017.
The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has tested methylisothiazolinon since end of 2013. The SCCS came to the conclusion that the usage of 100 ppm methylisothiazolinon in cosmetic products is not safe for the consumer. For leave-on cosmetic products (including ‘wet wipes’), no safe concentrations of methylisothiazolinone for induction of contact allergy or elicitation have been adequately demonstrated.
To avoid further more allergic reactions they banned methylisothiazolinon in leave-on products. At 12. February 2017 only cosmetic products which comply with the regulation shall be placed and made available in the Union market.
Leave-on products: body lotions, skin care products, styling products, etc
Leave-off products: shampoos, conditioner, etc