BASF welcomes EU approval of nano MBBT

28-Aug-2018

BASF has welcomed the official entry of methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol (MBBT) as a nano-sized UV filter into Annex VI of the EU Cosmetic Regulation.

MBBT is an ingredient of the BASF product Tinosorb M. Tinosorb M has been on the market (and widely used) since 2000, the year MBBT received its approval as a cosmetic UV active ingredient.

An additional approval, however, was required for products in nano form due to the recast of the EU cosmetic legislation (Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009) in 2009.

In 2015, the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) published a positive scientific opinion on the safety of MBBT (nano), which it reconfirmed in January 2018 after assessing additional questions raised by individual EU member states.

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It is now BASF's third UV filter in nano form to be approved for use in cosmetics in Europe after Tinosorb A2B in 2014 and Z-Cote in 2016.


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