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Cosmetics & Personal Care | Monthly bulletin | September 2019

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Eurofins newsflash Cosmetics and Personal Care

Regulatory news - Eurofins updates - Commercial news 


Regulatory news




Recent SCCS publications on Cosmetics


Following some recent publications of Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS):


Preliminary opinion on cosmetic ingredients:



Request for a scientific Opinion:



Regulatory updates


Below a summary table with recent regulation proposals notified to European Commission (Non-exhaustive):


Notification number





Microbeads (Prohibition) Bill 2019


The purpose of the Bill is to prohibit the manufacture, placing on the market for sale (or gratis), supply, import or export of detergents, household and industrial cleaning products, abrasive scouring agents, and rinse-off cosmetic products, that contain intentionally added plastic microbeads



Order on prohibition of microplastics in rinse-off cosmetic products


The draft order on prohibition of microplastics in rinse-off cosmetic products contains an interim prohibition against the import, export and sale of rinse-off cosmetic products containing microplastics. Its objective is to protect the marine environment from microplastics and the order is associated with the Plastic Action Plan, which is a national action plan whose objectives include reducing the amount of microplastic discharged into the environment




Cannabis cosmetic products


On 16th June 2019, the Government of Canada published the Regulations Amending the Cannabis Regulations (New Classes of Cannabis): SOR/2019-20, including cosmetic products of topical application.


This same month, a consultation was opened on potential market for cannabis health products that would not require practitioner oversight.


Click here for getting more information about the public consultation.


Click here for more information about Cannabis in Canada.




New GB standards for testing of cosmetic products


Recently, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC) published the Announcement No.7 of 2019 on the approval of national standards and national standard amendments.


Below a summary table with some of the relevant cosmetics standards (non-exhaustive list):


Product Standard



Implementation date

GB/T 37544-2019

Determination of six phenolic antibacterial agents, such as ovary-5-alcohol in cosmetics, by high performance liquid chromatography


GB/T 37545-2019

Determination of 38 quasi-colorants in cosmetics - High performance liquid chromatography


GB/T 37625-2019

Cosmetic inspection rules


GB/T 37626-2019

Determination of 9 banned penicillin antibiotics such as amoxicillin in cosmetics by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry


GB/T 37628-2019

Determination of Astragaloside, Paeoniflorin, Forsythin and Forsythiaside A in Cosmetics by High Performance Liquid Chromatography


GB/T 37640-2019

Determination of chloroacetaldehyde, 2,4-dihydroxy-3-methylbenzaldehyde, crotonaldehyde, acetophenone, 2-pentylenecyclohexanone and glutaraldehyde in cosmetics by high performance liquid chromatography


GB/T 37641-2019

Determination of 2,3,5,4'-tetrahydroxystilbene-2-O-β-D-glucoside in cosmetics by high performance liquid chromatography


GB/T 37644-2019

Determination of 8-hydroxyquinoline and nitroquinoline in cosmetics by high performance liquid chromatography


GB/T 37649-2019

Determination of thimerosal and phenylmercury in cosmetics by high performance liquid chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry





Regulatory updates


Below a summary table with some recent regulation proposals notified to World Trade Organization:


Notification number





Proposed amendments to the "Regulation on Safety Standards etc. of Cosmetics"


Product Recalls/Alerts


Below you will find a monthly summary of product recalls and alerts in Europe (Source “RAPEX”) and in the US (Source “CPSC”).




RAPEX (European Commission Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products – Alerts reported by EU national authorities).


The following 11 alerts regarding Cosmetic & Personal Care products. have been reported, from week 29 until week 33 of 2019.


Type of Risk

Number of alerts




Hand cleaner: containing methylisothiazolinone, which cannot be used in leave-on products

Product containing kojic acid

Product containing a mixture of the preservatives methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MI), which is not permitted in leave-on cosmetic products



Products containing an excessive level of aerobic mesophilic bacteria and yeast and mould




From on 21st July to 20th August 2019, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has published the following recalls: 1 recalls regarding Cosmetic & Personal Care products.


Type of Risk

Number of recalls




Essential oils: The bottles are not child resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, posing a risk of poisoning to young children if they ingest it



Eurofins updates  


Eurofins | CRL, Inc. Labs are now ISO 9001:2015 Certified


Eurofins | CRL, Inc. labs, part of Eurofins Cosmetics & Personal Care Business Line, located in New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas, are now ISO 9001:2015 Certified. With this certification we will be held to higher standards and the increased focus on quality management will continue to benefit our business. ISO 9001:2015 certification will support our labs to consistently improve our overall efficiency and the quality of our international organization.



New testing opportunities


Eurofins Cosmetics & Personal Care has been increasing its capabilities. With the support of our international staff, we now offer:


  • UPF testing in vitro
  • Blue light/HEV testing in vitro and in vivo
  • Anti-pollution testing in vitro and in vivo
  • Hair care studies in china
  • Microbiome analysis: skin care, make-up, body hygiene, intimate care, deodorant, hair care, foot care, oral care



Commercial news


2 posters at Eurotox Congress - Helsinki


Our experts in toxicology presented 2 posters at Eurotox Congress: ‘hypoallergenic’ claim for cosmetic products and impurities in cosmetic products. The congress took place in Helsinki, from September 8th to 11th, 2019.



Eurofins Cosmetics & Personal Care at The Sunscreen Symposium - Florida | 12 th– 14th September 2019


We invite you to stop by Booth 14 to learn more about the SPF testing services we offer worldwide.



Expert Day Consumer Studies – Frankfurt | 26th September 2019




Eurofins Cosmetics & Personal Care at 25th IFSCC Conference - Milan


Meet our Eurofins team at booth B3 during the upcoming IFSCC in Milan, on September 30th and October 1st and 2nd, 2019. Throughout these 2 days our team will present our unique testing offer and our latest capabilities.



Eurofins Cosmetics & Personal Care at Cosmetic 360 - Paris


Join Eurofins at Cosmetic 360, on October 16th and 17th, 2019, at the Carrousel Du Louvre, Paris. Our team will be present at booth E1 to introduce solar testing: skin and reefs protection. Eurofins develops a 2 steps approach to evaluate suncare products. Protecting skin from sun damage by using testing protocols for efficacy, claim substantiation and safety. Preserving environment from sunscreen pollution by using ecotoxicology and biodegradability tests.