Regulatory requirements

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA, the EU for the European community and most other countries publish information on the permitted use and concentration of preservatives. Current regulations should be consulted and complied with when manufacturing in these countries and exporting to them.

Cosmetic preservatives allowed in the EU are prescribed in Annex VI of the Cosmetics Directive which includes details of concentration limits and restrictions for certain product types. In the UK, the Food Standards Agency publishes information on food additives and E-numbers.

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