Cosmetics Europe calls for scientific regulation of cosmetic products

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In line with the objectives of the European Green Deal and the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (SCCS), the European Commission is considering an amendment to the European Cosmetics Regulation (CPR). The revision would include, among other things, the generic risk management approach, the concept of criticality [2], definition of nanomaterials, product labeling rules, safety assessment and combined effects. The public consultation launched on this subject at the end of March ended on 21 June.

In its contribution to the public consultation, Cosmetics Europe has issued its recommendations, urging the European Commission to take a holistic approach to the review process and to see it in the general context of the various legislations resulting from the European Green Deal in order to guarantee consistency and coherence between the legislations.

Cosmetics Europe says it fully supports the goals of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) to increase health and environmental protection, while stimulating innovation and promoting EU competitiveness. However, the organization recommends that any revision of the RPC should:

fostering a competitive (globally) sustainable cosmetics sector, entrepreneurship and capacity for innovation;

- strengthen its science-based, proportionate, effective and efficient approach to addressing human and environmental safety for the benefit of consumers, industry and authorities;

- recognize the long history of a high level of safety of European cosmetic products and maintain, at the base, the principle of scientific risk assessment based on safety;

- remain the “Gold Standard” and the international reference throughout the world;

- maintain an achievable and manageable level of regulatory burden, in particular by SMEs; and

- be sustainable by introducing digital labeling provisions.

According to Cosmetics Europe, this implies in particular the maintenance of an independent scientific committee dedicated to the evaluation of the safety of cosmetics, and derogations from the concept of essentiality where the safety of cosmetics containing the substances concerned can be demonstrated without ambiguity.

Furthermore, Cosmetics Europe also claims that an additional systematic safety margin for all cosmetic ingredients should not be introduced. “It is unnecessary and would have significant negative impacts on virtually all cosmetic products, consumer choice and public health, with no demonstrated positive effect on consumer safety,” indicates the organization.

Finally, while welcoming the introduction of a horizontal definition of nanomaterials and mandatory digital labeling requirements, Cosmetics Europe asks the Commission to allow sufficient time for industry to make the transition.

The previous week, the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) expressed concern about the consequences of the European Commission’s strategy for the sustainability of chemicals. A new study, commissioned by the fragrance industry trade association, suggests a negative impact on the industry of up to €2 billion per year.

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