Vitamin A

Vitamin A

26 June 2023. New restrictions for several cosmetic substances, including Retinol, will enter into force in the European Union by the end of 2023. On June 8, 2023, the European Commission notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of a draft regulation changing the regulatory status of certain ingredients.

Vitamin A and its derivatives are used in several skin care products as skin conditioning agents. As Vitamin A naturally occurs in fish, eggs, dairy products, and others, humans are exposed to it not only from cosmetics but also from other sources, mostly from food and food supplements.

In its opinion of October 2022, the SCCS confirmed that the overall exposure of consumers to Vitamin A might exceed the upper limit determined by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), although cosmetics contribution is lower than other sources.

The SCCS identified maximum safe limits for the use of Vitamin A in cosmetic products.

The restrictions concern the following forms of Vitamin A: Retinol, Retinyl Acetate, and Retinyl Palmitate.

According to the draft Regulation, those substances will be allowed for use up to a maximum concentration of 0,05% of Retinol Equivalent (RE) in body lotion and up to 0,3% RE in other cosmetics. The labelling of those products will also have to include the statement “Contains Vitamin A-related compounds, which contribute to your daily intake of Vitamin A”.

Deadlines for the application:

The European Commission plans to publish the regulation in the fourth quarter of 2023 officially. The draft sets some deadlines for applying the new restrictions.


Placing on the market=new products to enter the market

Making available on the market=products already on the market

First day of the month following XX months after the entry into force of the regulation

Retinol, Retinyl Acetate, and Retinyl Palmitate

18 months

36 months