Butylparaben on the REACH Candidate List

Several regulatory developments related to endocrine disruptors are ongoing in the EU. Among them, the ECHA committees (European Chemicals Agency) have the duty to review ingredients suspected to be endocrine disruptors and that may have serious effects on human health or the environment. The first significant cosmetic ingredient to be reviewed in this regard was […]

European Regulatory Developments on Endocrine Disruptors

The WHO defines an endocrine disruptor as ‘an exogenous substance or mixture that alters function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub)populations’. This definition has been retained by the European Union, which started a number of developments to better regulate these substances in […]

Access the whole world safely and efficiently

Since 2008, we have been helping small and large cosmetic brands enter the European market. The services we offer for this purpose: reviewing their formulas, issuing Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR), notifying products on the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP), and acting as Responsible Person in the EU. Today we are able to provide a […]

Peptides and proteins in cosmetics: Part 1

What are they and their regulatory status For now and for the sake of argument, lets ignore the controversy surrounding the term “cosmeceuticals” (more on this later) as proteins and peptides as used in cosmetics conveniently fall under such an umbrella term. The term “cosmeceuticals” was coined more than 25 years ago by Professor Albert […]

HEMA in UV Nail Polishes

Update: Future Restriction of HEMA and Di-HEMA Trimethylhexyl Dicarbamate April 9th, 2020 Hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) and Di-HEMA Trimethylhexyl Dicarbamate (Di-HEMA TMHDC) are two colorless viscous liquids that readily polymerize when exposed to UV-light. Because of their physical properties, these monomers are typically used in nail enhancement products. In 2016, Sweden activated the Safeguard Clause (Article 27 […]

Insolubility of Silica and its Classification as Nanomaterial

Update March 4th, 2020 As reported below, the SCCS released a new interpretation regarding the classification of silica as ‘Nanomaterial’. This one has a considerable impact on all cosmetic brands using Silica in their products and it mainly affects the make-up product category. Indeed, the SCCS strongly contradicts the position of the industry and concludes […]

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