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Dec. 24, 2019 | Ingredients news

European Commission public consultation on endocrine disruptors pro

European Union legislation on chemicals has been developed at different times and, in some cases, with different objectives. Different regulatory approaches have thus been adopted in different sectors and the European Commission is now asking whether its legal framework for endocrine disruptors is sufficiently coherent. It is therefore launching a public consultation to analyse the coherence of the different regulatory approaches to assess and manage endocrine disruptors, with a view to possibly improving the system to better protect people and the environment.

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CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
23 Sept. 2015 European Commission

Chloroacetamide, Zinc Oxide: Consultations by European Commission pro

On September 21, the European Commission has launched two public consultations on its proposals to make regulations evolve as regards two cosmetic ingredients. This project aims to prohibit the preservative Chloroacetamide (already forbidden in France) in all cosmetic products, and to prohibit Zinc Oxide as a colorant in spray products. These ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
24 Aug. 2015 European Commission

The SCCS at the time of renewal pro

Some changes to expect in the functioning and membership of Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). The Decision of the European Commission on establishing Scientific Committees in the field of public health, consumer safety and the environment of 2008 has just been repealed and replaced by a new one, and a call ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
06 Aug. 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 Methylisothiazolinone (MI), a preservative that is still widely used ...

21 July 2015 European Commission

JRC published its options for the review of the EC nanomaterial definition pro

On July 10, 2015, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published science-based options to improve the clarity and the practical application of the European Commission recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial. This is the last JRC report in a series of three, providing the scientific support to  the Commission in its ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
15 July 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 risk for consumer health, then? The European ...

15 July 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 that joining CITES will help in the preparation of ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
08 July 2015 European Commission

ECHA proposes 15 substances for REACH authorisation pro

15 substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are recommended to be added to the REACH Authorisation List. These substances were prioritised from the Candidate List because they are used in high volumes and have widespread uses which may pose a threat to human health or the environment or can potentially be ...

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01 April 2015 European Commission

European Commission: Call for data on nano Colloidal Silver pro

In the framework of Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products, the European Commission calls for data on the ingredient Colloidal Silver [nano]. The period of consultation starts from 25 March and ends on 30 June 2015.

The Observatory of Cosmetics
18 March 2015 European Commission

In short - CoRAP 2015-2017 adopted pro

ECHA has adopted the new Community rolling action plan (CoRAP). Based on the update proposal published in October 2014, the final list substances that are proposed to be evaluated in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the Member States under the REACH Regulation includes 66 new entries. The Member States have now 12 months to evaluate the 48 substances specified for 2015.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
25 Feb. 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 knowledge of chemical substances, sometimes requires they ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
27 Jan. 2015 European Commission

ECHA is prioritising CMR pro

ECHA's just published its new CMR report. The report furthermore identifies over a thousand CMR substances that potentially merit further regulatory action such as harmonised classification and, where relevant, identification as Substance of Very High Concern. ECHA, together with Member State competent authorities is now prioritising such substances for appropriate ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
20 Jan. 2015 European Commission

REACH 2018: ECHA releases a roadmap pro

The last registration deadline for existing chemicals will be on 31 May 2018. The deadline concerns companies that manufacture or import substances in low volumes, between 1-100 tonnes per year. To support all, ECHA has prepared a detailed plan called the REACH 2018 Roadmap.

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13 Jan. 2015 European Commission

TTIP: a cosmetic update from Europe pro

The European Commission announced its intention to negotiate TTIP as openly as possible. For this purpose, new factsheets on ongoing discussions have just been published. One is dedicated to cosmetics products.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
16 Dec. 2014 European Commission

Rinse-off cosmetics: the European ecological criteria pro

A European Commission Decision, dated 2007, established the ecological criteria and related assessment and verification requirement for soaps, shampoos and hair-conditioners. Those criteria have been reviewed in the light of technological developments, and the Commission published a new Decision on 9 December 2014.

The Observatory of Cosmetics
04 Nov. 2014 European Commission

In short - CoRAP: ECHA draft update for 2015-2017 pro

ECHA has prepared a proposal to update the Community rolling action plan (CoRAP). The draft plan contains 134 substances that are proposed to be evaluated in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the Member States under the REACH Regulation. The draft update list contains 65 newly selected substances and 69 substances from the plan adopted and published on 26 March 2014.

The Observatory of Cosmetics
14 Oct. 2014 European Commission

REACH 2018: start preparing now! pro

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) urges all companies to start preparing now for the REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2018. If you manufacture chemical substances or import them from outside the EU above one tonne per year, you may have registration obligations under REACH.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
15 Sept. 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 FDA Guidance…

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08 Sept. 2014 European Commission

REACH: consultation on 22 substances to add to authorisation list pro

ECHA has launched a public consultation on its draft recommendation of 22 new substances to be included in the REACH Authorisation List. Lead substances, boron substances, phthalates… Comments can be submitted by 1st December 2014.

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27 June 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.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
19 June 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 products (including cosmetics), experts highlighted serious knowledge gap ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
26 May 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…

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09 May 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.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
14 April 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 Cosmetics Regulation. Several parabens ...

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28 March 2014 European Commission

CoRAP: update of the evaluation plan for 2014-2016

The Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for 2014-2016 has been published on 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 list now includes 53 newly selected substances and 67 substances from the update published last year.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
17 Feb. 2014 European Commission

Europe: consultation on fragrance allergens pro

The “Public consultation on fragrance allergens in the framework of Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products” has just been launched. Target groups are any interested parties, including authorities of the Member States, manufacturers of cosmetic products, producers of the substances concerned and relevant ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
17 Feb. 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 affected by these measures? The Commission published ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
18 Dec. 2013 European Commission

Cosmetic short news - ECHA adds 7 new substances to SVHC candidate list

Latest cosmetics news in brief: ECHA adds 7 new substances to SVHC candidate list - ECHA: 2 new Guidance in a Nutshell documents - Guidance CLP - Modification of the CLP regulation - The SCCS revises its Opinion about Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol - “Belle et Bien” runs to fight cancer - AFNOR: 4 collections of standards ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
16 Dec. 2013 European Commission

Cosmetic short news - ECHA: 2 new Guidance in a Nutshell documents

Latest cosmetics news in brief: ECHA: 2 new Guidance in a Nutshell documents - Guidance CLP - Modification of the CLP regulation - The SCCS revises its Opinion about Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol - “Belle et Bien” runs to fight cancer - AFNOR: 4 collections of standards about the environmental labeling - L'Oreal buys Nickel ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
29 Nov. 2013 European Commission

ECHA: evaluation results for 4 CoRAP substances

ECHA has just published the conclusion documents on the evaluation of four substances (all used in cosmetic products) as part of the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP). They focus on ethylene oxide, Tributyl phosphate, m-Tolylidene diisocyanate and Toluene. The Agency specifies that "if needed, the authorities may consider actions for ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
27 Nov. 2013 European Commission

Cosmetic short news: Guidance CLP

Latest cosmetics news in brief: Guidance CLP - Modification of the CLP regulation - The SCCS revises its Opinion about Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol - “Belle et Bien” runs to fight cancer - AFNOR: 4 collections of standards about the environmental labeling - L'Oreal buys Nickel - Triman postponed for a year - ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
09 Oct. 2013 European Commission

Phenoxyethanol, o-Phenylphenol: Europe is looking for scientific data

Further to the warnings by the French ANSM about the safety of use of two preservatives, Phenoxyethanol and o-Phenylphenol, in cosmetic products, the European Commission sends now a request for contribution to all the stakeholders. The purpose is to gather all the scientific data, which will prepare the request of ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
08 Oct. 2013 European Commission

Cosmetic short news: Modification of the CLP regulation

Latest cosmetics news in brief: Modification of the CLP regulation - The SCCS revises its Opinion about Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol - “Belle et Bien” runs to fight cancer - AFNOR: 4 collections of standards about the environmental labeling - L'Oreal buys Nickel - Triman postponed for a year - Deadline extended for ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
16 Sept. 2013 European Commission

European consultation on parabens

As you know, parabens use in cosmetics has been questioned for several years. The most questioned are Butylparaben and Propylparaben, for which the European Commission plans to restrict usage, by lowering the allowed content in finished products, and by banning them in products for babies’ nappy area. Five more parabens ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
19 Aug. 2013 European Commission

A European consultation on MCIT and MIT

Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCIT) and Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) are preservatives often used in cosmetics, in any kind of product. Though allowed and restricted in concentration in formulae, they are regularly questioned, especially when used as mixture, about their potential sensitizing effect. The European Commission envisages restricting their use as mixture to rinse-off products ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
14 Aug. 2013 European Commission

Europe: nano-zinc explained to consumers (2nd time)

It is a habit now for the European Commission, especially when “sensitive” or “topical” cosmetic ingredients are involved: soon after the release of the opinions from the scientific committees, it publishes an explanation understandable by the public at large, prior to their transposition in the regulation on cosmetics. It did ...

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
08 Aug. 2013 European Commission

European consultation on Methylene glycol

Methylene glycol, or hydrated formaldehyde, is currently not restricted after the regulation on cosmetics, contrary to formaldehyde per se. However, this substance is often present in products, especially those used for hair straightening products. The European Commission envisages banning it in these products. A public consultation is open until 27 September 2013. 

18 July 2013 European Commission

Cosmetics: the new Regulation, in short

Since 11 July 2013, a new European Regulation, the Regulation n° 1223/2009, governs cosmetics. It has been designed to provide the consumer with an increased safety, with more pieces of information and an enhanced transparency. Further, it introduces new obligations for the cosmetics manufacturers and distributors. Declaration of nano-materials, claims, cosmetovigilance … Recap chart.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
11 July 2013 European Commission

Cosmetics Regulation, as seen by European Community pro

The European Commission, on 11 July 2013, has welcome the full implementation of the new Regulation on Cosmetics, and fingers, in its press release, its main breakthroughs. Europe specifically emphasises the new rules combating misleading information and putting safer cosmetics on EU shelves.

The Observatory of Cosmetics
25 June 2013 European Commission

Consultation on the modification of the REACH Annexes on Nanomaterials pro

The European Commission displays it on its website: the Annexes of the REACH Regulation are the subject of a public consultation on their modifications. Open to all the stakeholders, it is accessible up to 13 September 2013.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
13 May 2013 European Commission

A European method to calculate the environmental footprint pro

It has just been released by the European Commission, and is in line with the European approach in favor of a "Single Market for Green Products" and with the Environmental Information Recommendation. This document proposes a method to calculate the environmental footprint of a product, and will soon be followed ...

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26 March 2013 European Commission

REACH: 62 new substances to be evaluated

The first annual update of the Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) is now available. It contains 115 substances to be evaluated, of which 62 are newly allocated and 53 come from the first CoRAP adopted in 2012.

11 March 2013 European Commission

Replacement of animal testing: ECVAM strategy for skin sensitization

The identification of chemicals that have the potential to induce skin sensitization is currently based on the use of animal tests since there are no regulatory accepted alternative (non-animal) methods for this purpose. The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has just released its strategy ...