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Data: Fair

Edta

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Other Concerns

Enhanced skin absorption, Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

SYNONYMS

(ETHYLENEDINITRILO)TETRA- ACETIC ACID, 3,6-BIS(CARBOXYMETHYL)- 3,6-DIAZAOCTANEDIOIC ACID, 3,6-DIAZAOCTANEDIOIC ACID, 3,6-BIS(CARBOXYMETHYL)-, ACETIC ACID, (ETHYLENEDINITRILO)TETRA-, EDETIC ACID, EDTA, ETHYLENE DIAMINE TETRA ACETIC ACID, ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETIC ACID, GLYCINE, N,N 1,2ETHANEDIYLBIS[N(CARBOXYMETHYL), GLYCINE, N,N'-1,2-ETHANEDI YLBIS[N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-, N,N'-1,2-ETHANEDI YLBIS[N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)- GLYCINE, N,N'-1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS[N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)GLYCINE, and N,N'-1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS[N-(CARBOXYMETHYL)GLYCINE]

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Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is a chelating agent, used to sequester and decrease the reactivity of metal ions that may be present in a product.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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hair color and bleaching69 products
conditioner55 products
moisturizer19 products
hair styling aide15 products
body firming lotion10 products
hair treatment/serum10 products
shampoo10 products
tooth whitening8 products
foundation7 products
facial cleanser7 products
daily use with SPF6 products
bar soap5 products
hair-loss treatment5 products
mask4 products
detangler4 products
hand cream3 products
facial moisturizer/treatment3 products
serums & essences2 products
liquid hand soap2 products
nail treatment2 products
toners/astringents2 products
styling gel/lotion2 products
recreational sunscreen2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
bronzer/highlighter1 products
baby lotion1 products
blush1 products
exfoliant/scrub1 products
eye liner1 products
styling mousse/foam1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
baby sunscreen1 products
body wash/cleanser1 products
after sun product1 products
mascara1 products

Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Penetration enhancerCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as irritantCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as medium human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
48193 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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