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Labeling of additional fragrance allergens

Introduction In 2012, in its opinion SCCS/1459/11, the SCCS concluded that consumers should be made aware of more fragrance allergens potentially present in cosmetic products, in order to protect sensitized people against the risk of skin rashes. The current list of 26 fragrance allergens, already subject to individual labelling as part of the list of […]

Italian Environmental Labelling postponed to 2022 and further clarifications.

Italy has introduced the so-called “Environmental labelling” already discussed and analyzed in our previous article “Application of the Italian Environmental Labelling to cosmetic products”. The labelling is mandatory on all packaging in Italy, including cosmetics. Its scope is to prevent and reduce the impact of packaging and packaging waste on the environment, ensuring at the […]

Future Restriction of Microplastics in Cosmetic Products

Toward a (Quasi-)Ban of Microplastics in Cosmetic Products ECHA, the European Chemical Agency, released its conclusions to the European Commission on the future restriction of microplastics in the EU. The proposed restriction, yet to be approved by the Commission, is expected to impact the cosmetics industry. An adoption of this new piece of legislation may […]

“Omnibus IV” Regulation

The Main Dates Concerning “Omnibus IV” The European Commission has notified the draft regulation “OMNIBUS IV” to the World Trade Association (WTO) on the 22nd January 2021. This proposal was open to comments until the end of March and is supposed to enter into force on March 1st, 2022. The next step consists in the […]

European Cosmetics Regulation Change due to “Omnibus III”

Introduction On May 26th, 2021, the European Commission published a new amendment to the European Cosmetics Regulation (EU No 2021/850, so-called “OMNIBUS III”). The provisions of this regulation will be implemented on October 1st, 2021. This piece of legislation includes a number of modifications in Annexes II, III, IV, and VI of the European Cosmetic […]

Impact of Single-Use Plastic Directive on Cosmetic Products: Mandatory Marking Requirements for Wet Wipes – IL 081

According to the Directive (EU) 2019/904 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment and its related Regulation (EU) 2020/2151, some considerations must be made regarding their future impact on cosmetics products. The goal of this Directive – also known as Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive – is to reduce plastic […]

Peptides and Proteins in Cosmetics – Part 2 (Safety Aspects)

Introduction In the previous part, it was highlighted that peptides and proteins are interesting cosmetic ingredients, notably because of their anti-aging activities. There is already a plethora of peptide-based cosmetic raw materials on the market, with more being researched constantly. So far, regulation of these ingredients largely involves their origin (must be synthesized or extracted […]

Think Global! KOTRA x BIORIUS, Co-Hosting Online Business Event for Korean Cosmetic Brands

With global demand for Korean cosmetics growing, compliance with different countries’ cosmetic regulations is becoming increasingly important. In effect, regulatory compliance in multiple countries is no longer optional but mandatory for global cosmetic brands. Following this trend, KOTRA Brussels and BIORIUS are holding a joint webinar for Korean cosmetic brands on March 10th, 2021. Dr. […]

New Approved UV Filter in the EU

The European Commission approved the use of Methoxypropylamino Cyclohenylidene Ethoxyethylcyanoacetate (CAS number 1419401-88-9) as UV filter, following the conclusions of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS/1605/19). To the best of our knowledge, this new ingredient is a promising UVA Filter with a λmax of 385 nm. The Commission Regulation EU No 2020/1684, adds Methoxypropylamino […]

Hair dyes update

Numerous peer-reviewed articles highlight the possible toxicity of hair dye substances and notably their concerning carcinogenic, genotoxic, and skin sensitizing properties. In order to properly protect consumers, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), the European Commission, the Member States, and the Industry developed an overall strategy to evaluate hair dye substances. As their work […]

Did you know that Cosmetic products have REACH obligations?

Part I I recently started working for Biorius with the responsibility of managing chemical regulations questions. I quickly noticed that there was a question for which there are many divergent opinions around, a lot of hearsay and very little substantiated answers. And this question was: How the REACH regulation applies to cosmetics? While you’ll find […]

Chinese New Year’s Resolution – IIL 01

China will implement a new legislation called Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR) on January 1, 2021. After the US, China is the world’s second-largest cosmetic market and those changes will have a huge impact for many companies around the globe. The actual text of reference is Regulation Concerning the Hygiene Supervision over Cosmetics, in […]

Brexit impact on cosmetic compliance – IL 077

The United Kingdom (UK) formally left the European Union (EU) on January 31, 2020. Northern Ireland and Great Britain will follow different routes to maintain a cosmetic regulation in their respective territory. Northern Ireland (NI) will continue to apply European Cosmetic regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, to cosmetic products manufactured or sold in NI, as mentioned […]

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