Sensitizing (allergenic) substances
It is important to reduce the risk of allergies in people who come in contact with cosmetic products. The advanced requirement limits sensitizing substances in the product.
- Technical specification
- Chemical products
Ingredient substances1 shall not be classified with the following hazard class and hazard statements in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP regulation), neither in EU-harmonised classification (in accordance with appendix VI in the CLP regulation) nor in self-classification.
1272/2008 on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation).
Classification in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008
Respiratory or skin sensitization
- Enzymes (including stabilizers and preservatives in the enzyme raw material).
- Preservatives in liquid products included with less than 0,02 weight%
1Counted as ingredient substances are all substances in the product at levels greater than 0.01 weight percent. Counted as ingredient substances are intentionally added substances and impurities from the raw materials in the product. Reaction products, by-products and degradation products are counted as impurities.
Note that for perfumes, the requirement refers to each individual ingredient substance in the perfume mixture.
The supplier shall, upon request, be able to present any of for example the following:
- Valid license for any of for example the following labels:
Nordic Ecolabelling for:
Cleaning products, version 6
Hand dish washing detergents, version 6
Dish washer detergents and rinsing agents, version 6 or version 7
EU Ecolabel for:
Hard surface cleaning products, (EU) 2017/1217
Detergents for dishwashers, (EU) 2017/1216
Industrial and institutional automatic dishwasher detergents, (EU) 2017/1215
Hand dishwashing detergents, (EU) 2017/1214
Laundry detergents, (EU) 2017/1218
Industrial and institutional laundry detergents, (EU) (EU) 2017/1219
- Raw material supplier's safety data sheets for ingredient substances in the product.
- Certificate from the manufacturer of the product stating that none of the substances in the product that is present in levels above 0,01 weight percent have been classified as sensitizing with H317 or H334. Safety data sheets for all the ingredient substances shall be available as a basis for the certificate.
- The supplier’s self-declaration including technical documentation of compliance verified by an accredited verification body, accredited for the task in accordance with ISO/IEC 17029 or equivalent standard
If the requirement is verified with a label, check that there is a valid license for the product in question. This can be controlled here: Nordic Ecolabelling (Swan), EU Ecolabel.
Safety Data Sheet
This requirement can be verified with safety data sheets for all the ingredient substances in the product, i. e not with the safety data sheet for the product. See section “2 Hazard(s) identification” in the safety data sheets for the ingredient substances - the hazardous properties of the substance are listed here. Check that none of the specified hazard classes / hazard statements in the requirement are listed here.
Self-declaration verified by an accredtied verification body
If a verified self-declaration is used to prove that the requirement is fulfilled, request the supplier’s self-declaration, including documentation showing that the requirement is met. The self-declaration shall be verified by a verification body accredited for the task in accordance with ISO / IEC 17029 or equivalent standard.
Information about the criterion
Note that this requirement cannot be verified with the product’s safety data sheet. Safety data sheets for all ingredient substances in the product are required. More information on this can be found under “follow-up”.
There are currently a limited number of accredited verification bodies for ISO/IEC 17029 (Conformity assessment - General principles and requirements for validation and verification bodies) as it is a relatively new standard. This may change, especially if the demand for verifying compliance in this way increases. More information about the standard and accredited verification bodies can be found on Swedac's website.
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
- Current ID
- Version date
2022-07-07, Requirement ID 10584: 2: The exemption from the requirement updated. 2019-05-07, Requirement ID 10584: 1: Requirement type changed from award criteria to technical specification.