US Cosmetic Regulations

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds

Regulatory Context

As stated by Tox Town, Volatile Organic Compounds “are compounds found in consumer products that easily become vapors or gases. They commonly enter the body through inhalation or skin contact.”  Many substances classified as VOCs can be found in our daily lives: in the home, in the office and in personal care products.

Breathing them for long periods of time, even in low quantities, may increase certain health problems. Studies have shown that exposure can lead to the worsening of asthma and its symptoms, headaches and even cancer or central nervous system damage in situations of chronic exposure.

To better protect public health, Volatile Organic Compounds and their percentages in products need to be specific and in the USA, are limited in cosmetic products, depending on the product category.

US Federal Legislation (e.g., the Federal Clean Air Act and the EPA) is applicable at the federal level while Californian Legislation (CARB) applies specifically to California.

BIORIUS can analyze VOCs and determine whether the results are acceptable or not. If not acceptable, our experts will suggest corrective actions to be taken.

How does it work?

BIORIUS’ process is divided into two phases: the determination of the total concentration of VOCs and the conclusion.

  1. Determination of the Total VOC Concentration: BIORIUS analyzes the formula in order to determine the percentage of VOCs in each ingredient and calculate the total percentage in the finished product.
  2. Conclusion & Recommendation(s): BIORIUS determines compliance according to the legislation for the specific product category.  Corrective actions are provided for updating the formula when necessary.

To determine the VOC concentration, experts at BIORIUS analyze the product composition along with each raw material contained within it in addition to the product category and all specificities.

As soon as the product is determined to be compliant with the Volatile Organic Compounds legislation, a compliance certificate is issued, which highlights the following:

  • Applicable legislation
  • The concentration of VOC per ingredient
  • Expert conclusions and any modifications to be implemented

Any questions?