‘Performance is essential’: Cosmetics Europe conference flags ‘misogyny’ in make-up safety rules

Published: 20-Jun-2023

Europe’s cosmetics sector faces an oncoming barrage of regulation, industry association Cosmetics Europe tells annual conference attendees. Liz Newmark reports

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The European personal care product industry is facing a barrage of new European Union (EU) regulations, with a review of the 2009 Cosmetics Products Regulation (CPR) being combined with environmental reforms. 

These changes, debated at the 2023 annual conference of personal care product industry association Cosmetics Europe – called ‘Preparing for the Future’ – will be a major challenge. 

“Our cosmetics regulation will no longer be a standalone reference for the industry, but will have to be looked at in conjunction with a number of other transversal regulatory frameworks,” Cosmetics Europe’s President, Isabelle Martin, told the 14-15 June conference staged in Brussels. 

Cosmetics Europe Director General John Chave told Cosmetics Business that along with the European Commission’s 2020 Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) that underpins the CPR revision, there was the classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals (CLP) regulation revision, a proposal released December 2022; and the review of the 2006 Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, with formal proposals expected later this year, maybe this summer. 

Meanwhile, formal proposals for the CPR reforms are also awaited, despite public consultation being undertaken in 2021. 

“These will all have consequences for industry, as well as the urban wastewater treatment and packaging directive revisions. It is very busy with so many regulatory proposals out at once.”

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