New SGS Cosmetics Team Assists With Updated Requirements For EU Cosmetics Safety Assessments

In the wake of new technological developments and with the goal of strengthening product safety, the EU introduced a new Cosmetics Product Regulation, EU Regulation 1223/2009. To assist businesses in the cosmetics industry to be ready for compliance with the new regulation from July 11 2013, SGS offers comprehensive cosmetics testing services for quality control, performance and safety. SGS can also support certification, sustainability and export procedures related to the cosmetics industry.

Online PR News – 22-December-2010 – – The new regulation, which replaces Cosmetics Directive 76/768/CE, is designed to consolidate a European Cosmetics management system that has gained international recognition. With the principal aim of ensuring the safety of cosmetics ( sold in the European market, the regulation is also intended to provide simplification of existing rules, including the removal of interpretation and translation issues related to the incorporation of the regulation into national legislations, as well as the elimination of legal incoherences and other legal issues.

The new regulation will impact both those players directly involved in the distribution and production of cosmetics, and those with a broader involvement. Distributors, importers and manufacturers will now have responsibility for ensuring the regulatory compliance ( of any products that they place under their trademark or name or that they are otherwise responsible for placing on the European market.

Each of these players stands to benefit from the new clarity that the regulation will bring to their roles and responsibilities. Along with this new advantage, they will find that several aspects of the old Directive remain unchanged. These include ban on animal testing and the strict monitoring regime in place to enforce this ban. Other elements that remain consistent include the regulation of substances appearing on positive/negative lists, surveillance responsibilities given to EU states, the way that cosmetic products are defined and the principles determining cosmetic product safety.

Market Access Dependent on Safety Reports

While industry players can continue to operate under the current directive up until the date of introduction of the new regulation in 2013, they will need to begin preparing now for the new regulation, as they will be required to submit cosmetics product safety reports as soon as the new regulation is introduced. These legally mandated reports will be required to provide details of extensive toxicological product analyses (, in order to provide scientific verification of the safety claims that manufacturers make for their products. EU surveillance authorities will request complete cosmetics reports, including these safety assessments, before products will be allowed into EU markets. The EU authorities charged with implementing these measures will include customs agents as well as the French authorities DGCCRF and AFSSAPS.

This system will be implemented with the assistance of an up to date electronic portal. With the use of this mechanism, information regarding any side effects related to substances in cosmetic products will need to be passed on to relevant poison control centres and EU member state authorities. It will also be a requirement of the regulation that these safety assessments will be conducted by safety experts each with at least a degree-level background in toxicology or pharmacology, or an equivalent qualification as determined by EU member states.

The new system can only be advantageous for consumers, as it will create a very high likelihood that products on the market do not have any harmful side effects. As discussed, the key mechanism for this will be the provision of safety assessments that will be mandated against a clearly defined set of legal obligations and responsibilities for producers. The enforcement of the regulation will be enhanced by a new, centralised electronic portal, which will provide a communications system for relevant authorities and allow regulations applicable to non-compliant products to be readily enforced.

Keeping Up to Date with Requirements for Market Entry

In addition to the streamlined and comprehensive client-centred service offered by SGS to industry players, SGS is also able to assist with cosmetics safety assessments. These are provided by SGS in conjunction with toxicologists certified by EUROTOX.

Contact details:

SGS Consumer Testing Services
Carine Dumas
Sales Engineer for Cosmetics and Personal & Home Care, SGS France
29, avenue Aristide Briand – 94111 Arcueil Cedex

t +33 1 41 24 86 62

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