This article is primarily about the ban of MITS in the EU market. MIT is short for the name of a chemical compound that is used in many types of cosmetics including shampoos and soaps. According to new research this compound is unsafe to be in these products and must be removed by February of 2017. However many company’s have stopped using this chemical already as it has been the subject of scrutiny since 2013
- In a regulation published in the Official Journal of the European Union, companies have until February 2017 to reformulate or discontinue any products containing MIT in the EU market.
- MIT has often been used as an alternative to parabens in the hunt for formulations that could offer ‘free-from’ claims.
- Cases of allergic contact dermatitis attributed to MIT are ‘dramatically decreased’ in rinse-off formulations, according to Surfachem.
“The European Commission has approved a ban on methylisothianzolinone (MIT) in leave-on cosmetics, a preservative traditionally used in water-based formulations – for example, in shampoos, liquid soaps, hand lotions and wet wipes.”