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European Commission launches the public consultation on the revision of the Cosmetics Regulation

La Commission européenne lance la consultation publique sur la révision du Règlement Cosmétiques

After the inception impact assessment published in October 2021, the European Commission has just opened the public consultation on the targeted revision of the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009. Still on the agenda: the generic approach to risk management, the concept of essential use, the revision of the definition of nanomaterials, the evolution of product labelling, the redistribution of the CSSC’s substance safety assessment tasks… The consultation is open until 21 June 2022.

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The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability aims “to better protect the public and the environment against hazardous chemicals and encourage innovation to develop safe and sustainable alternatives in the framework of the EU Green Deal,” recalls the European Commission in its preamble.

The context

This strategy “fully recognises the fundamental role of chemicals for human wellbeing and for the green and digital transition of European economy and society. At the same time, it acknowledges the urgent need to address the health and environmental challenges caused by the most harmful chemicals. In this spirit, the Strategy sets out specific measures to make chemicals safe and sustainable by design and to ensure that chemicals can deliver all their benefits without harming the planet and current and future generations”.

This strategy includes a targeted review of the Cosmetics Regulation to achieve its objectives by overcoming a number of identified problems. The Commission is considering a range of potential measures:
• An automatic ban of the most harmful chemicals (the “generic approach to risk management”), allowing their use only where it is proven to be essential for society
• A new measure to take into account the combination effects from simultaneous or subsequent exposure to …

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