Cosmetic regulations

The decree No2017-291 of 6 March 2017 prohibiting the placing on the market of rinse-off cosmetic products for exfoliation or cleansing that contain solid plastic particles, has been published in the Official Journal of French Republic on 8 March 2017. [Read more ]
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November 21, 2016 Cosmetic regulations
Canada bans plastic microbeads from 2018

Canada has just transmitted to WTO a draft regulation aimed to ban the manufacture, import, sale or offer for sale of toiletries that contain plastic microbeads. Th text should enter into force on January 1st, 2018. [Read more ]

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October 31, 2016 Cosmetic regulations
Denaturing of alcohol: the new rules

The regulation 2016/1867 of 20 October 2016, published in on 21 October, is amending the regulation 3199/93 and setting up a single common denaturing of alcohol procedure, and suppress all national denaturing procedures. This new rule shall apply from 1 August 2017. [Read more ]

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October 26, 2016 Cosmetic regulations
Asia marching towards plastic microbeads ban in cosmetics

Following the decisions taken by the United States, France and United Kingdom, and and more recently by Korea, Taiwan now schedules the ban of plastic microbeads in cosmetic products. A draft text has just been transmitted to World Trade Organization (WTO). [Read more ]

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October 17, 2016 Cosmetic regulations
Korea plans to ban microbeads

South Korea has just transmitted to WTO a draft proposition aimed to amend its Regulation on Safety Standards of Cosmetics. On the agenda: the ban of plastic microbeads. [Read more ]

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July 25, 2016 Cosmetic regulations
MI banned in leave-on cosmetics from February 12, 2017

Regulation 2016/1198 of 22 July 2016, published in Official Journal of the European Union on 23 July, amends Annex V (preservatives) to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, to ban Methylisothiazolinone in leave-on cosmetic products. [Read more ]

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July 15, 2016 Cosmetic regulations
Titanium Dioxide [nano] in Annex VI to Cosmetics Regulation

The regulation 2016/1143 of 13 July 2016, published in Official Journal of the European Union on 14 July, amends Annex VI to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, to introduce Titanium Dioxide in its nano-form, and make it an authorised UV-filter, except in spray products. [Read more ]

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July 13, 2016 Cosmetic regulations
Regulation 2016/1120: Carbon Black [nano] allowed as a colorant

This regulation of 11 July 2016, published in Official Journal of the European Union on 12 July, amends Annex IV (colorants) to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, to introduce Carbon Black in its nano-form, and updates the purity criteria of non-nano Carbon Black. [Read more ]

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April 25, 2016 Cosmetic regulations
Regulation 2016/621: Zinc Oxide becomes an official anti-UV filter

Although it was frequently used as such, Zinc oxide was not yet considered as a UV-filter by Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009. It will be now with regulation 2016/621 of 21 April 2016, amending its Annex VI, to include this substance in its non-nano and nano forms. [Read more ]

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February 24, 2016 Cosmetic regulations
Chloroacetamide: Banned in cosmetics in Europe in 2016

The European Commission has just transmitted to WTO a draft regulation aimed to amend Annexes II and V to the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009. On the agenda: the ban of the preservative Chloroacetamide in cosmetic products. [Read more ]

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July 28, 2015 Cosmetic regulations
Hair dyes: a regulation to limit nine substances

The regulation 2015/1190 of 20 July 2015 is amending Annex III to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, dedicated to restricted substances. Nine hair dye ingredients are added, with limitations of the maximum concentrations and mandatory warnings to lower the risks of sensitisation. New provisions are... [Read more ]

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September 29, 2014 Cosmetic regulations
The "MIT/MCIT" regulation No 1003/2014

The regulation No 1003/2014 of 18 September 2014 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 September 2014. It amends Annex V to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 (allowed preservatives) and places new restrictions for the mixture of Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and)... [Read more ]

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September 29, 2014 Cosmetic regulations
Regulation "Parabens – Butyl-Propyl" No 1004/2014

The regulation No 1004/2014 of 18 September 2014 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 September 2014. It amends Annex V to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 (allowed preservatives) and places new restrictions for Butylparaben and Propylparaben. [Read more ]

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August 18, 2014 Cosmetic regulations
Nagoya enter into force in October

With 51 countries now having signed up to its provisions, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) is set to become legally binding in October 2014. Companies working with biodiversity, including in the cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical sectors, need to prepare for new rules on... [Read more ]

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April 14, 2014 Cosmetic regulations
Regulation: less parabens and triclosan in our cosmetics

Restriction had been on the agenda for several months following the converging opinions of the SCCS, the European Scientific Committee in charge of assessing the safety of cosmetic ingredients. It has now been given the force of law with the publication of regulation 358/2014, which modifies the... [Read more ]

April 9, 2014 Cosmetic regulations
Cosmetics: the borders are changing!

Is my product a ‘true’ cosmetic or is it ‘borderline’? Can it also be considered a biocide, a medical device, or even a drug? The answer to these questions, which determine which regulation(s) apply, has strong implications. At Cosmed’s 14th Regulatory Encounters,... [Read more ]

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January 8, 2014 Cosmetic regulations
The new "Safety Package" and cosmetics

The regulatory framework is an ever-changing field. And as if the rules specifically provided for cosmetic products were not enough, other texts also apply to them… although cosmetic companies are not always fully aware of them. That is the case with the new "Product Safety and Market... [Read more ]

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December 12, 2013 Cosmetic regulations
Cosmetic product stability: the regulatory aspects

It is explicitly stated in Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009: manufacturers must ensure the stability of their cosmetic products. But how must this be done? And with what reference materials? Martine Jouannic (of the JM Conseil consulting firm) gave an overview of this topic at the Cosmed... [Read more ]

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November 7, 2013 Cosmetic regulations
The Commission publishes a manual to classify "borderline" products

Cosmeto-textiles, skin wipes, nasal sprays, anti-wrinkles products… Are my products cosmetic products or not? Which regulatory framework applies? It is never easy to classify so-called “borderline” products, because it is not clear whether they fall under one or another piece... [Read more ]

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October 10, 2013 Cosmetic regulations
The 2014 agenda for cosmetics deadlines

In the cosmetic world, the Regulation 1223/2009 is not the only one text, which comes with obligations. Sunshine Act, Cosmetic tax, declaration of nano-sized substances, Green Dot ... are also French regulations applicable to this sector, accompanied by a timetable of mandatory formalities. A... [Read more ]

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October 8, 2013 Cosmetic regulations
Claims: why and how

They are designed to “talk to the consumer". However, today, we … talk about them! How to write them, what can they let us know, what are they not allowed to claim ...? These cosmetic claims, marketing messages of the utmost importance to present a product – and sell it, are... [Read more ]