Infertility Products Deemed Safe


A common ingredient found in beauty products that has been linked to infertility is still sold in Australia despite being banned in Europe.

The scent known as Lilial or Butylphenyl methylpropional is found in popular hair care products, perfumes and household cleaners, but experts warn it can harm the reproductive system.

Fertility specialist Dr Alice Huang told AAP that anyone trying to get pregnant should limit exposure to these chemicals.

“We are exposed to chemicals in our environment on a daily basis, some chemicals, such as Lilial, are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs),” said Dr Huang from Melbourne IVF.

“Some studies show that endocrine disruptors can interfere with hormones in the body and could have a detrimental effect on the reproductive system.

“Just as we advise pregnant women or couples looking to start a family to avoid smoking, alcohol and unhealthy foods. If you are planning a pregnancy, it is a good idea to limit your exposure to chemicals in your body. home, your diet and your personal care products.”

On March 1, the European Union’s ban on Lilial came into effect after the European Commission found that it had a negative effect on fertility and fetal development.

In Australia, Lilial is used in various everyday products by popular brands, including cosmetics giant L’oreal.

US haircare company Olaplex, which is sold in Australia, removed Lilial from its products after the EU deemed it unsafe.

“As of January 2022, Olaplex no longer sell products using Lilial in the UK or EU. At Olaplex, Lilial was previously used in small quantities as a fragrance in Ndeg.3 Hair Perfector. It is not an active ingredient or functional,” the company said. announced earlier this year.

The Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), which regulates the import or manufacture of industrial chemicals, said it did not intend to follow the EU ban despite its hazardous classification.

“To promote the safe use of industrial chemicals, AICIS conducts scientific risk assessments on their introduction and intended use in Australia,” AICIS told AAP.

“Lilial’s human health risk assessment found that the chemical warranted a hazard classification. A recommendation has been made to Safe Work Australia to classify this chemical as suspected of damaging fertility – Cat. 2 ( H361f).”

Safe Work Australia said that under occupational health and safety laws, products containing at least one percent Lilial are considered hazardous chemicals, due to reproductive toxicity and other risk for the health.

Subsequently, the labeling of these products must include pictograms and relevant information to alert users to the dangers.

It has since added the chemical, including reproductive toxicity classification, to its Hazardous Chemicals Information System.


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