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Perfumes & Cosmetics Congress 2023: the Q&A of the FEBEA - Ingredients section

Congrès Parfums & Cosmétiques 2023 : le Q/R de la FEBEA – Volet Ingrédients

As every year, at the close of the Cosmetic Valley Perfumes & Cosmetics Congress held on 8 and 9 November 2023, the FEBEA team answered questions prepared by congress participants during the two days of conferences. Focus on issues related to cosmetic ingredients, with a particular interest this year in the “new” allergens following the publication of Regulation 2023/1545 last July.

Reading time
~ 11 minutes

They answered questions from delegates
• Xavier Gueant, Director of Legal Affairs
• Marie Guirand, Scientific and Regulatory Advisor
And particularly in the area of ingredients
• Valérie Colin, Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs
• Stéphanie Lumbers, Director of Sustainable Development
• Catherine Bramaud, Scientific and Regulatory Advisor
• Erwan Poivet, Scientific Advisor

European regulations

Question - MAF
What do you know about progress in the use of MAFs? And whether the MoS will be higher than 1,000, which would make it difficult to validate the use of ingredients?
Valérie Colin’s answer
The MAF (Mixture Assessment Factor) is one of the issues still under discussion as part of the revision of the Cosmetics Regulation. Clearly, a MAF of 1,000 is untenable, as there would be no more cosmetics. What would this factor be? There have been discussions about 5, 10, 50, 100… but today, no one is saying. It won’t be 1,000, that’s for sure. But the discussion today is more along the lines of: would the MAF be used only in certain cases (for example in the context of the GRA, i.e. for ingredients that would fall within the scope of what will become Article 15 of the …

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