Published: 09 November 2021  (Updated: 09 November 2021)

Draft SCCS Opinion Kojic Acid

On 5 November 2021, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published its draft opinion on the use of Kojic acid in cosmetic products.  For background information: in 2019 the EU Commission has published a priority list of 28 substances with possible endocrine disrupting properties in two subgroups. Kojic acid has been included in the list of first 14 substances. On 8 March 2021, the SCCS adopted a new mandate to review the safety of kojic acid. 

The SCCS concluded that kojic acid is not safe when used in cosmetic products at 1%.  Without specific data on the different cosmetic products containing Kojic acid, the SCCS is unable to advise on the safe concentration of Kojic acid in individual cosmetic products.  Only the topical use of Kojic acid in cosmetics has been considered in this SCCS opinion.  Derivatives of Kojic acid have not been included in this Opinion as no data have been submitted.

The draft opinion is open for comments until 14 January 2022.


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