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How is the safety of cosmetic ingredients assessed? Which process is involved in the decision to authorize or prohibit their placing on the market? How are the specific rules to restrict their use defined? For the sake of transparency, the European Commission has published a document to answer all these questions and inform consumers. [Read more ]

February 19, 2018
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March 20, 2017 European Commission
Cosmetics safety: a factsheet from the European Commission

Consumers continually expose themselves to chemicals through the use of a wide range of personal care products. To reassure them about the safety of cosmetics, the European Commission has just published a factsheet. [Read more ]

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September 26, 2016 European Commission
Cosmetic claims: the Commission’s report

It was to be released no later than July11, 2016 – it was actually published on September19. The Commission’s report on the use of cosmetics claims and their compliance with common criteria was much anticipated by the cosmetics industry, since the framework to be defined... [Read more ]

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June 20, 2016 European Commission
Endocrine disruptors: the European Commission criteria

After a two-year delay, on 15 June 2016, the European Commission finally published its scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the pesticides and biocides areas. These criteria should be extended to cosmetics, but they already provoke an almost general opposition. [Read more ]

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April 4, 2016 European Commission
Methylisothiazolinone: Consultation by European Commission

On April 1st, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on its proposal to make regulations evolve as regards the cosmetic ingredient Methylisothiazolinone. This project aims to prohibit this preservative in hair leave-on products and to limit its concentration in rinse-off... [Read more ]

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March 15, 2016 European Commission
European consultation on chemicals legislation

The European Commission (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and DG Environment) is conducting a fitness check on chemicals legislation (excluding REACH), as well as related aspects of legislation applied to downstream industries. This consultation ends on 27 May... [Read more ]

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March 2, 2016 European Commission
Europe reassures about the safety of hair dyes

They are widely used to get a new look, brighten dull hair, or hide white hair. But they are also worrying due to their allergenic or toxic potential for the body. So, to both reassure consumers and support the cosmetics industry, the European Commission has just published a sheet on hair dyes. [Read more ]

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February 9, 2016 European Commission
Public survey on alternatives to animal testing

Following the European Commission's Communication published in response to the European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection", the JRC's Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) is conducting a public survey to solicit input from individuals and organisations to... [Read more ]

January 26, 2016 European Commission
A new search engine for chemicals

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has just launched a new search engine on its website, to find information on 120000 chemicals used in Europe today and included in its database. This information is available in three layers of complexity: the simple infocard, the more detailed brief... [Read more ]

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August 6, 2015 European Commission
MI: European consultation for minimum regulations

Following the various warnings on its strong allergenic potential and the Opinions of the SCCS (Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety), which recommends strict limitations, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on its proposals to make regulations evolve as regards... [Read more ]

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July 15, 2015 European Commission
European explanations on silica in nanoform

Nanomaterials and their nanoparticles in cosmetic products have been raising questions and concerns. In March 2015, the SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety) published an Opinion on silica in nanoform and concluded the data available were insufficient to assess its safety. Is there a... [Read more ]

July 15, 2015 European Commission
EU joins CITES Convention

On July 8, the EU became the 181st party to join the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The Convention covers more than 35,000 animal species and plants, ensuring that trade remains legal and sustainable. In a communiqué the European Commission states... [Read more ]

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February 25, 2015 European Commission
Animal testing: debate between PETA and Europe

As from March 11, 2013, the Regulation that governs cosmetic products in Europe (no 1223/2009) introduced the principle of a total ban on testing cosmetics on animals, both for finished products and ingredients. On the other hand, the REACH Regulation, which aims in particular at reinforcing... [Read more ]

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September 15, 2014 European Commission
Cosmetic short news - The European Commission is “moving” cosmetic products

Latest cosmetics news in brief - The European Commission is “moving” cosmetic products - A corrigendum to regulation No 866/2014 - China: Final Version of the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients - Anti-ageing claims: L'Oreal reaches settlement with US FTC - Nanos: the... [Read more ]

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June 27, 2014 European Commission
Sunscreens and nano-titanium dioxide: health risks?

Following the opinion of the SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), the European Commission published a fact sheet about the safety of sunscreens with titanium dioxide as nanoparticles. A document purporting to be informative... but also reassuring. [Read more ]

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June 19, 2014 European Commission
Are silver nanoparticles safe?

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, SCENIHR, published the final opinion on "Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance." While it is more and more widely used in consumer... [Read more ]

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May 26, 2014 European Commission
TTIP: European position on cosmetics

The European Commission published negotiating positions in five more important topics of current talks with the US on a future trade and investment deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). An effort to be transparent about the negotiations... [Read more ]

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May 9, 2014 European Commission
No more triclosan in your shaving products!

Gentlemen, check the labels of your shaving creams and after-shaves. Formulators, reformulate these products. Triclosan, which until now was widely used in these categories of cosmetics, must now be banished. The European Commission has made this decision to protect consumer safety and health. [Read more ]

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April 14, 2014 European Commission
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 ]

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March 28, 2014 European Commission
CoRAP: update of the evaluation plan for 2014-2016

The Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for 2014-2016 has been publishedon ECHA's website. The update contains 120 substances that will be reviewed by 21 Member States under the substance evaluation process of REACH. The CoRAP listnow includes 53 newly selected substances and 67... [Read more ]

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February 17, 2014 European Commission
Europe: allergens in consultation… and in questions

The European Commission has published its proposed measures designed to enhance the protection of consumers from potential fragrance allergens in perfumes and cosmetics. The measures are now open for public consultation. Is Chanel n°5 perfume to be ban? Are organic cosmetics to be worst... [Read more ]