According to a notification document sent to the World Trade Organization, the European Union (EU) plans to restrict the use of 22 hair dyes, including 1,4-benzenediamine, 2-methyl, 2,5-diaminotoluene sulphate, and 1,3-benzenediol, by adding them to Annex III of the EU Cosmetics Regulation, No. 1223/2009. Annex III will also be amended to include 10 hair dye substances and the use of hydrogen peroxide in products intended for coloring eyelashes by establishing “strict” use conditions and obligatory warnings, such as “for professional use only.”

According to the new amendments, the presence of benzyl alcohol must be indicated in the list of a cosmetic product’s ingredients when its concentration exceeds 0.001percent in leave-on products and 0.01percent in rinse-off products. See government chemist.wordpress.com, May 30, 2013.