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Eurofins | Newsflash - March 2019 | Cosmetics & Personal Care

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Eurofins newsflash Cosmetics and Personal Care




Labelling of fragrance allergens


In December 2018, the European Commission launched its Inception impact assessment in order to inform citizens about Commission’s plans on labelling fragrance allergens. Three options are under consideration, including electronic labelling.


The BEUC (The European Consumer Organisation) has published LABELLING FRAGRANCE ALLERGENS – BEUC feedback to Commission inception impact assessment, and strongly opposes this solution. It insists that the additional 62 fragrance allergens identified in the 2012 SCCS opinion must be labelled according to the present rules of the Cosmetic Regulation (the second option) so that each consumer can have direct access to the information.


EDCMET project


The project “Metabolic effects of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: novel testing METhods and adverse outcome pathways” (EDCMET) coordinated by the University of Eastern Finland has secured Horizon 2020 funding to study the metabolic effects of endocrine disruptors. The project is running from 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2023.


The objective of the EDCMET project is to develop validated in silico, in vitro and in vivo methods assessing metabolic effects of Endocrine disruptors (EDs), with a focus on energy and fat metabolism and nuclear receptors regulating these processes.


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National Strategy on Endocrine Disruptors 2 (SNPE 2)


In line with SNPE 1, the main objective of SNPE 2 is to reduce the exposure of the population and the environment to endocrine disruptors.


It was in public consultation until February 8, 2019.


This strategy is not satisfactory because many elements are not based on any scientific basis. It continues to promote three categories of endocrine disruptors, to establish and publish lists of potential endocrine disruptors. The text includes many citations of "cosmetics" as a source of endocrine disruptors.


The various industrial sectors and in particular the FEBEA for the cosmetics sector, have prepared a joint contribution which will be published by adapting this contribution to its problems.




Standards update


Below a summary table with some recent ASTM standards updates:




ASTM E640 - 06(2019)

Standard Test Method for Preservatives in Water-Containing Cosmetics.


Legislation updates


Below a summary table with some recent legislation proposals introduced in different States:






SB 75

Introduced on Jan. 17, SB 75 would require cosmetics sold and manufactured in Connecticut to meet the chemical safety standards of the European Union.  It has been referred to the Joint Committee on the Environment.

Rhode Island

HB 5064

 HB 5064, introduced on Jan. 10, would require all cosmetics to have a label containing “a complete and accurate listing of each and every component ingredients included in that cosmetic.”  It has been referred to the House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare.


Ordinance: 18-3253

The City Commission of Key West, Florida, has voted to ban the sale of sunscreen products containing oxybenzone or octinoxate.


The ban will come into effect on 1 January 2021 and is aimed to protect the coral reefs off the coast.




Draft regulations regarding Cosmetic products


On 5th February 2019,  the following draft regulations have been notified to World Trade Organization (WTO) by Taiwanese Food and Drug Administration.





Labeling requirements for cosmetic packaging, containers, labels or directions (Draft).


Labeling Requirement for Cosmetics to Be Re-packaged or Sub-packaged After Importation (Draft).




Approval of animal test ban


On 22nd February 2019,  the Australian Department of Health published the notice about the approval of The Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 with its amendment by the Senate (on 14 February 2019) and The House of Representatives (on 18 February 2019).




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 3 alerts regarding cosmetic products have been reported, from week 4 until week 7 of 2019.


Type of Risk

Number of alerts






Hair dye containing:

  • Barium peroxide.
  • Too much p-aminophenol and insufficient coupling agent.

Hair product containing a mixture of the preservatives methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and methylisothiazolinone (MI).



Bath product:  Due to its characteristic form, appearance, colour and size, this product may be mistaken for a foodstuff and small parts can be easily detached from it.

The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation and the requirements of the Food imitating Products Directive.




From on 21st January to 20th February 2019, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has published the following recalls0 recalls regarding cosmetic products.