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Chartres Congress 2020: the Q&A of the control authorities

Congrès de Chartres 2020 : le Q/R des autorités de contrôle

After their respective interventions at the Perfumes & Cosmetics Congress of the Cosmetic Valley, which was held on 4 and 5 November 2020, the ANSM and the DGCCRF jointly answered the questions of the congress participants. A session strongly marked by the issues on claims, nano-ingredients or emerging trends (Do-It-Yourself, bulk sales…). Minutes.

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Question – Claims

Is the claim “Antibacterial” as a secondary function for a cosmetic product still allowed? And if so, under what conditions?

Answer
A product with biocidal status must contain at least one biocidal substance in accordance with Regulation 528/2012. A liquid hand soap meets the definition of a cosmetic product. If the claim “Antibacterial” is mentioned, this must, as with any claim, be appropriately substantiated. Above all, it must not be confused with a biocidal product. And this is really an important point, because a hydroalcoholic gel with biocidal status must be distinguished from a hand gel with cosmetic status. A cosmetic product cannot have a primary biocidal function. It is not possible, otherwise it is not a cosmetic product.

Question – Claims

Can notions of well-being via health claims be authorised for cosmetic products as a secondary or even primary function? Or are the products reclassified as medicinal products?

Answer
Overall, all therapeutic claims should be removed from cosmetic products and all their commercial documentation.

Question – Claims

What do you expect as justification for the claim “Vegan product”?

Answer
In order to justify a “Vegan product” claim, raw material and ingredient sheets must be available, specifying …

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