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Jan. 15, 2019 | Professional bodies

Electronic labelling of allergens: Unacceptable, for the BEUC pro

At the beginning of December, the European Commission launched its inception impact assessment of the 2012 CSSC Opinion recommending the labelling on cosmetic packaging of more than 80 fragrance components with allergenic potential (instead of 26 currently). Three options are under consideration, including electronic labelling. BEUC (The European Consumer Organisation) has published its comments, and is strongly opposed to this solution.

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BEUC's position on fragrance allergens labelling
15 Jan. 2019 Professional bodies

Electronic labelling of allergens: Unacceptable, for the BEUC pro

At the beginning of December, the European Commission launched its inception impact assessment of the 2012 CSSC Opinion recommending the labelling on cosmetic packaging of more than 80 fragrance components with allergenic potential (instead of 26 currently). Three options are under consideration, including electronic labelling. BEUC (The European Consumer Organisation) has published its comments, and is ...

Cosmecert accreditated for COSMOS
08 Jan. 2019 Professional bodies

Cosmecert becomes the 1st French certification body accredited for COSMOS pro

In active operation for just over a year, the inspection and certification body Cosmecert has just announced that it has reached two important milestones in its development at the end of 2018: it has obtained the dual accreditation COSMOS-Standard and ISO 17065, and now has 50 client companies.

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10 Dec. 2018 Professional bodies

Cosmetics: don't rely on the claim "Not tested on animals"!

The mention “Not tested on animals” is still present on many cosmetic product packaging. And this does not please the DGCCRF at all, which has just reminded us that animal experimentation on cosmetic products is prohibited by European regulations, and that, consequently, the claim “Not tested on animals” is abusive ...

FEBEA goes to war against cosmetic apps
22 Oct. 2018 Professional bodies

FEBEA goes to war against cosmetic apps

Almost one new one appears every morning. They promise the truth about cosmetics, the decoding of INCI lists, the highlighting of “dangerous” ingredients… They judge, note, denounce… sometimes propose alternative products to those they advise against. While some are based on solid scientific sources, others have no other support than ...

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10 July 2018 Professional bodies

Claims: ARPP joint council in favour of an update of the Cosmetic Product Recommendation pro

The Cosmetic Product Recommendation of the ARPP (French advertizing self-regulatory organization) has set out the ethical rules for advertizing and claims specific to cosmetic products since it was first published in 1974. Last updated in June 2013 to take into account the changes implemented by Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, it should soon be reviewed ...

23 Nov. 2017 Professional bodies

Nail professionals: too many dangerous chemicals, not enough protection

L'Anses has just published the results of its expertise on the health risk assessment of professionals exposed to products used in nail care and decoration activities. In view of the large number of substances to which professionals are exposed, the Agency issues a series of recommendations addressed to the ...

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16 Oct. 2017 Professional bodies

Anses: Triclocarban could potentially act as an endocrine disruptor pro

As part of the Stratégie nationale sur les perturbateurs endocriniens (SNPE, National Strategy for Endocrine Disruptors), Anses (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety), has published the results of an assessment on five chemicals suspected of being endocrine disruptors, including Triclocarban. The Agency is now going on ...

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25 Sept. 2017 Professional bodies

Cosmetic ingredients: the true from the false, according to FEBEA

Parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, PPD, phthalates, perfume allergens… FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies) has decided to defend controversial cosmetic ingredients with a campaign entitled ‘Distinguishing truth from falsehood’. Six videos of less than a minute are accessible to the general public on YouTube to pass on a ...

15 May 2017 Professional bodies

A world tour of cosmetic claims pro

China, Korea, Japan, ASEAN, Russia, USA, Canada, Mercosur, Australia, South Africa, the Near and Middle East region… On June 9th, COSMED and Business France organize an event devoted to the international regulation of cosmetic products with regard to cosmetic claims. Experts within cosmetics exporting industries will be able to interact with ...

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19 April 2017 Professional bodies

Cosmetics: exports pass the €12 billion mark

According to the figures released by the FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies), French exports of cosmetic products passed the 12 billion euro mark for the first time in 2016, with a 2% growth compared to 2015. The trade balance surplus in the cosmetics industry reached 9.2 billion euros, which means cosmetics are now ranked second ...

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27 March 2017 Professional bodies

Devices for hair removal and lipolysis: toward a more stringent regulation?

French ANSES published the conclusions of its expert appraisal on the health risks related to the use of devices intended for the performance of aesthetic procedures (hair removal and lipolysis). To limit the occurrence of adverse effects, the Agency recommends revising the regulatory framework for aesthetic devices, in particular applying ...

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15 March 2017 Professional bodies

Cosmetics Europe Week 2017: Registration now open pro

International cosmetics and personal care leaders will gather again in Brussels to discuss global trends and the latest industry developments at Cosmetics Europe Week 2017. The conference, organised annually by the European trade association Cosmetics Europe, will take place on 13-16 June.

08 March 2017 Professional bodies

First seminar on quality in the cosmetics industry pro

Organized in Orléans – France on 30 March, this event aims to enable cosmetics sector personnel to fully align their production conditions and practices with ISO 22716 and regulatory requirements, and to prepare them for inspections by the ANSM [French health authority] and the DGCCRF [government consumer rights and anti-fraud body].

06 March 2017 Professional bodies

COSMED Regulatory Meetings 2017 pro

As every year, COSMED organizes a day dedicated to the French and European regulations of cosmetic products: Les Rencontres Réglementaires. This day of conferences will be held first in Marseille on Thursday 23 March 2017, then in Paris on Thursday 8 June 2017.

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15 Feb. 2017 Professional bodies

Results of the DGCCRF controls on cosmetics pro

On February 8, 2017, the DGCCRF (French General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs, and Fraud Control), published the results of their latest campaign of controls on cosmetics. Investigators inspected claims, manufacturing practices, and baby and children products. What was the result? One out of five controls revealed an anomaly ...

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19 Dec. 2016 Professional bodies

Cosmébio: your next certification body? pro

An announcement to ‘partners’, a letter to members… Cosmébio is about to add a string to their bow and become an active player in organic cosmetics certification. The news may sound surprising and has not been announced through an official medium. When CosmeticOBS asked him about it, Cosmébio’s President ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
18 July 2016 Professional bodies

FEBEA launches its 1st Cosmetic World Tour pro

Two days to simplify export, this is what the FEBEA proposes on 19 and 20 September 2016. With a complete program of conferences and thematic workshops to understand and anticipate regulatory obligations, meet specialists from around the world, obtain all the key information to export.

28 April 2016 Professional bodies

DGCCRF 2015 review: key elements for the cosmetics industry pro

Since the entry into force of the Consumer Affairs Act of 17 March 2014 (the"Hamon Act"), the powers of the General Directorate for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) have changed considerably. The sanctions and the diversification of the types of investigations that it now has at its disposal were largely ...

13 April 2016 Professional bodies

Organic: widespread consumption that is changing lifestyle habits

The organic market has been on a steady upward growth trend over the last decade. But who exactly are the consumers buying organic food and cosmetics? Why did they ‘go organic’ in the first place? And why haven’t they switched back? Organics Cluster Rhône-Alpes and Cosmébio have joined forces ...

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12 April 2016 Professional bodies

UEBT: 8th annual conference on Biodiversity in Paris pro

How the ethical sourcing of biodiversity creates value for natural ingredients and shares value among actors in supply chains is the theme of this year’s ‘Beauty of Sourcing with Respect’ conference, organized by the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) on 26 May 2016 on Paris.

The Observatory of Cosmetics
05 April 2016 Professional bodies

International Meetings around the American continent pro

On Friday 10 June 2016, in Paris, Cosmed and Business France are organising a day devoted to the international regulation of cosmetic products on the American continent. Business France's export advisors will present the growth markets, opportunities and pitfalls to avoid in each market. Then expert speakers will present by zone the ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
29 March 2016 Professional bodies

Cosmetics claims in compliance, according to Cosmetics Europe

Cosmetics Europe, which represents the interests of cosmetic industry in Europe, published the result of its first audit on the compliance of cosmetic advertising. Conclusion: 91% are in compliance. A source of satisfaction for the industry while the allegations are still under the surveillance of the European Union.

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22 March 2016 Professional bodies

How to comply with the COSMOS-Standard pro

Last March 15, 2016, certification body Bureau Veritas organized a web conference on the COSMOS-Standard, this new natural and organic cosmetics standard mandatory for all new formulas as from 2017. This deadline will also have a significant impact on the products already certified to other standards, and the companies applying for a ...

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22 March 2016 Professional bodies

A Parliamentary Friendship for the cosmetics industry pro

To establish a regular dialogue between parliamentarians and professionals in the cosmetics industry, the professional association Cosmed is initiating a Parliamentary Association of VSEs, SMEs and ETIs in the French cosmetics industry. Launched on 29 February 2016 with a first group of 200 deputies and senators, it has already registered its first memberships.

05 Nov. 2015 Professional bodies

The export of cosmetic products to the Middle East pro

On Monday, December 7, 2015, COSMED (the association of SMEs in the cosmetics industry) is organizing in Paris a day devoted to the international regulation of cosmetic products in the Middle East. This new edition of the International Meetings in partnership with Business France will cover five zones: Israel, Turkey, Saudi ...

03 Nov. 2015 Professional bodies

Straightening and straightening: practical sheets for hairdressers

Durable smoothing, Japanese, Brazilian, straightening… So many services that it is not always easy for a professional hairdresser to explain to his customers. What cosmetic products, what techniques? The FEBEA (Federation of Beauty Companies) has just published four practical sheets in association with UNEC (National Union of Hairdressing Companies) and ...

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27 Oct. 2015 Professional bodies

Cosmetics Europe recommends to discontinue the use of plastic particles

On October 21, 2015, Cosmetics Europe issued a position paper on plastic micro-particles. Taking in account the public concerns expressed over plastic debris in the marine environment, the personal care association recommends its membership to discontinue their use in cosmetic products by 2020.

20 Oct. 2015 Professional bodies

Cosmetics: a French pride… that remains unknown

The Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté (FEBEA) has just published the results of a study, conducted at its request by the IPSOS Institute, on the perception of French cosmetic products and companies. While 82% of them consider that this sector plays an important role for France's image, the study ...

08 Oct. 2015 Professional bodies

Green Dot Info-tri on cosmetics: a practical guide pro

Since 2012, Eco-Emballages has encouraged companies to display sorting instructions directly on packaging, a wish expressed by nearly 66% of consumers who are not always aware of the right thing to do. Because cosmetic products have their own constraints, Eco-Emballages and the FEBEA now provide companies in the sector with a practical ...

Download the 2014/2015 Advertising and Cosmetics Balance Sheet
06 Oct. 2015 Professional bodies

Cosmetic advertising: still improving

On Friday 2 October 2015, the ARPP and the FEBEA presented the 2nd"Advertising and Cosmetics" report, the results of which measure the level of application of ethical rules by the industry. With a general satisfaction, since one notes a rate of conformity in progression compared to the 1st balance sheet published in 2013.

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23 Sept. 2015 Professional bodies

REACH: fourth round table on essential oil pro

Friday, September 18, Prodarom (trade association of the industry of perfumery) and IFRA (International Fragrance Association) held a fourth round table with all stakeholders from the essential oils sector. This session continues a series of actions implemented by the sector.

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17 Sept. 2015 Professional bodies

New EpiOcular Eye Irritation test guideline now OECD accepted pro

Cosmetics Europe announces the adoption of the new OECD test guideline 492: 'Reconstructed Human Cornea-like Epithelium (RhCE) Test Method for Identifying Chemicals Not Requiring Classification and Labelling for Eye Irritation or Serious Eye Damage.'

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01 Sept. 2015 Professional bodies

Is my cosmetic ingredient GMO-based? pro

Sometimes, the GMO status of a cosmetic ingredient must be known to meet the requirements of certain organic standards or answer consumers’ questions, and also to know what can be written on a product label. But it all can get a little complex. So the EFfCI has just published a ...

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20 Aug. 2015 Professional bodies

New guidance on substance identification for essential oils pro

ECHA announces that the European industry associations for essential oils have published new guidance to help industry to fulfil their obligations under REACH and CLP. This is the result of intensive work by stakeholders, in consultation with ECHA, to establish practical solutions for the identification of this specific group of ...

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05 Aug. 2015 Professional bodies

IFRA announces 48th Amendment to Standards pro

IFRA (International Fragrance Association) has officially issued the 48th Amendment to the IFRA 'Code of Practice' as part of the industry’s ongoing safety program. Currently, this safety program based on studying the potential effects of fragrance materials on people and the environment contains 191 ‘Standards’, which restrict, or prohibit, their use.

The Observatory of Cosmetics
23 June 2015 Professional bodies

Cosmetics Europe announces the recovery of cosmetics market pro

Figures released at the Cosmetics Europe General Assembly show that the European cosmetics and personal care market has remained resilient in 2014 in a tough economic climate and is showing signs of recovery. The positive news comes in the context of the second annual Cosmetics Europe Week, which took place in Brussels ...

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22 June 2015 Professional bodies

Meeting… alcoholic at the FEBEA pro

Is it to be consumed with as much moderation when it is applied to the skin, via a cosmetic, as when it is drunk, in the glass or in the bottle? In any case, there are threats to the status of ethanol in cosmetics. And it is to answer the ...

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15 June 2015 Professional bodies

OECD releases new data on nanomaterials pro

On June 9, 2015, the OECD marked the end of a seven year experimental testing programme, investigating 11 commercially viable nanomaterials across over 110 different chemical tests. And revealed the long awaited release of information on the accuracy of tests used to determine their safety.

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09 June 2015 Professional bodies

Triman: a FEBEA guide pro

Since January 1, 2015, the new Triman logo must be affixed to recyclable products that fall under a sorting instruction. A provision that also concerns cosmetic product packs, which are part of household packaging. To answer the (numerous) questions that this logo raises, the FEBEA has developed a guide to using ...

02 June 2015 Professional bodies

The true face of NaTrue

We tend to consider it simply as a natural cosmetics label, or yet another one, one among others, or even as a label for German cosmetics… But NaTrue is actually much more than this. CosmeticOBS was invited to the annual general meeting of this association last May 22, 2015, in Berlin ...

22 Jan. 2015 Professional bodies

11 new"Peonies" awarded by the Cosmetic Valley pro

The Cosmetic Valley competitiveness cluster has been committed to sustainable development since 2010 with the launch of its"For an Eco-responsible Cosmetic Valley" charter: a collective approach to continuously improve environmental and societal results. To date, 70 Cosmetic Valley members have signed the charter, and last December 11 new"Peonies" were presented, including the first ...

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20 Jan. 2015 Professional bodies

Thalassotherapy: a standard to protect the consumer

Entitled XP X50-831-1, this voluntary standard defines essential criteria to be met to be a thalasotherapy center (marine climate, sea water and marine mud.) and proposes service delivery requirements to improve and harmonize hygiene, care and equipment practices. It aims to limit the multiplication of establishments claiming abusively thalassotherapy activities.