New EU Cosmetics Regulations – A Quick Guide for Busy Formulators


The latest iteration of the EU cosmetic regulations come into force in July 2013, and they are a pretty major upgrade with lots of new provisions and innovations that will affect everyone in the business of supplying cosmetics and personal care into the European market. If you are doing so, you really should know all about them by now, but here is a quick whistle stop tour if you are just starting … [Read more...]

Interview from In-Cosmetics: Selling Personal Care Products in the EU under the New European Cosmetic Regulation, EC 1223/2009

Personal Care Products

Selling personal care products in the European market is about to become quite a bit more challenging for manufacturers across the globe, especially if they are located outside the EU. In a little over 1 year, the new European Cosmetic Regulation, EC 1223/2009, will go into force on July 11, 2013, requiring all manufacturers selling any product in the 27 countries that make up the European Union … [Read more...]

Spotlight on Sun Protection from In-Cosmetics: part 4: Australia & India


In the 4th and final post in the Spotlight on Sun Protection series, we'll take a look at Australia, New Zealand & India and wrap up with some final thoughts on this series and manufacturing sunscreens. If you've just discovered the spotlight on sun protection series, you can click the links to take a look at part 1, where we covered sunscreen regulations in the USA, part 2: the EU and part 3: … [Read more...]

Spotlight on Sun Protection in Asia from In-Cosmetics: part 3


In the past few days we've looked at sunscreen regulations in the USA and EU; today we will examine Asia. As I mentioned in part 1, there is no continuity in regulating sunscreen around the world. As a continent, Asia's various countries have different regulations, SPF ratings and registration requirements and guidelines to bring sunscreens to market. This information was presented by Alain … [Read more...]

Spotlight on Sun Protection in the EU from In-Cosmetics: part 2

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In part 1, we looked at the current regulations on sunscreens and SPF ratings in the USA presented by Anne-Gael Glaverec. Part 2 will examine the European Union (EU) which was also covered in Anne's very informative presentation. Sunscreens in the EU are considered cosmetics and currently regulated by the European Cosmetic Directive (76/768/ECC)*. After July 11, 2013, they will fall under the new … [Read more...]

Spotlight on Sun Protection in the USA from In-Cosmetics: part 1


When it comes to sunscreen, standards and regulation around the globe, there is no global harmonization. However, sunscreen is highly regulated in each country. Sunscreens are considered cosmetics, but fall under their own regulation categories. Each country has their own approved methods for testing efficacy; this includes approved UV filters, SPF ratings, and any label claims or warnings. Part 1 … [Read more...]

Label Rule Guide: A Few Tips to Keep You Out of Trouble and On the Shelf


Over the years I have found myself nudging my label design customers back within labeling guidelines. This is a quick overview of what, by law, needs to be on your label... How does the law define a cosmetic? The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act(FD&C Act) defines cosmetics by their intended use, as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or … [Read more...]

Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP) and Safe Cosmetics


I had an opportunity to interview Don Havery with the FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors in regards to the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program {VCRP}. Here is what Don had to say:   What is your role in regards to the VCRP? I am the administrator of the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP) program. I am responsible for daily operation, answering questions, … [Read more...]

The Bunny Effect of The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010


I am all about creating safe cosmetics that are natural, green and do no harm to our environment and no unnecessary harm to animals.  At Essential Wholesale, we use a volunteer human panel to test all of the new products that come out of our Research and Development Lab.  Our products are designed for human topical use and I see no purpose to needlessly torture animals. I get it and … [Read more...]

Do You Use Chemicals on Your Face? I Hope So

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Recent stories have circulated on the web about the average woman using more than 515 chemicals on her face daily implying that this was quite dangerous. This number sounded quite low to me so I thought I'd count what I use. First thing in the morning I take a shower and wash my face with soap and water. Water is dihydrogen monoxide, the first chemical. My handcrafted vegetable oil soap … [Read more...]