Are you still using ZPT?

March 23, 2023

Zinc Pyrithione (ZPT) is a common active ingredient found in various personal care and cosmetic products such as shampoos, conditioners, and body washes. It is known for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, making it an effective ingredient for treating dandruff and other skin conditions. In recent years, there have been some regulatory updates concerning the use of ZPT in personal care and cosmetic products in Asia and globally.

Regulatory limits of ZPT (updated)


Other countries:

Why is it banned?

On 1 March 2022, the European Union has classified this ingredient as a prohibited substance due to its potential to cause DNA damage. As a result, the primary component of dandruff shampoos is facing a ban and this decision has caused quite a stir within the dandruff shampoo community.

What can Maha offer?

In response such regulatory updates, Maha Chemicals is actively offering alternative ingredients with effective anti-dandruff properties which include:

  • Imercare-90P scrub (Perlite)
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Wasabi Flavone
  • Lactobacillus Plantarum
  • Piroctone Olamine
  • Zinc PCA.

With our expertise and extensive network in the chemicals industry, Maha Chemicals aims to provide customers with a range of high-quality, innovative solutions for their formulation needs.


  1. Health Sciences Authority. (2023). Annexes of the ASEAN cosmetic directive (updated Jan 23). Retrieved from
  2. Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety. (2021). Opinion on Zinc Pyrithione (P81). Retrieved from 
  3. Baker, J. (2021, January 5). EU cosmetic ingredients ban extends to Zinc Pyrithione. Cosmereg. Retrieved from 

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