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Maryland Passes Cosmetic Ingredient Ban

Jun. 10 2021

Maryland passed a prohibition on certain intentionally added ingredients in cosmetic products, effective January 1, 2025. The bill is nearly identical to the California bill that passed in September 2020. 

On May 30, 2021, Maryland passed the Cosmetic Products – Ingredient Prohibition bill, banning a person from knowingly manufacturing, selling, delivering, holding, or offering for sale in Maryland a cosmetic that contains one or more of the ingredients listed below starting January 1, 2025. 
• Dibutyl Phthalate (CAS No. 84–74–2)
• Diethylhexyl Phthalate (CAS No. 117–81–7)
• Formaldehyde (CAS No. 50–00–0)
• Paraformaldehyde (CAS No. 30525–89–4)
• Methylene Glycol (CAS No. 463–57–0)
• Quaternium–15 (CAS No. 51229–78–8)
• Mercury (CAS No. 7439–97–6)
• Isobutylparaben (CAS No. 4247–02–3)
• Isopropylparaben (CAS No. 4191–73–5)
• m–Phenylenediamine and its Salts (CAS No. 108–45–2)
• o–Phenylenediamine and its Salts (CAS No. 95–54–5) 

And the following per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their salts: 

• Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) or Heptadecafluorooctane–1–Sulfonic Acid (CAS No. 1763–23–1)
• Potassium Perfluorooctanesulfonate or Potassium Heptadecafluorooctane–1–Sulfonate (CAS No. 2795–39–3)
• Diethanolamine Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (CAS No. 70225–14–8)
• Ammonium Perfluorooctane Sulfonate or Ammonium Heptadecafluorooctanesulfonate (CAS No. 29081–56–9)
• Lithium Perfluorooctane Sulfonate or Lithium Heptadecafluorooctanesulfonate (CAS No. 29457–72–5)
• Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) (CAS No. 335–67–1)
• Ammonium Pentadecafluorooctanoate (CAS No. 3825–26–1)
• Nonadecafluorodecanoic Acid (CAS No. 335–76–2)
• Ammonium Nonadecafluorodecanoate (CAS No. 3108–42–7)
• Sodium Nonadecafluorodecanoate (CAS No. 13 3830–45–3)
• Perfluorononanoic Acid (PFNA) (CAS No. 375–95–1)
• Sodium Heptadecafluorononanoate (CAS No. 21049–39–8)
• Ammonium Perfluorononanoate (CAS No. 4149–60–4) 

It should be noted that the bill does not apply to cosmetic products that were manufactured in a manner that was intended to comply with the rule if the cosmetic contains a technically unavoidable trace quantity due to impurities, the manufacturing process, storage, or packaging. 

Click to view the Maryland law 

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