Key Regulatory Updates: Plastic microbeads and Preservatives

10:00 - 10:30
November 15, 2018

There is much activity taking place in some important areas for the cosmetics industry.  This presentation will provide an update on two of these: Plastic microbeads and Preservatives.

The UK Government is proposing a ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetic products, to come into force in 2018.  The problem of plastic pollution in our oceans is serious.  The European cosmetics industry began voluntarily removing plastic microbeads well in advance of any proposed bans; this despite the contribution from cosmetics towards the total volume of primary microplastic deposited into the marine environment each year being but 0.29%. The key aspects of the proposed ban will be presented.

Preservatives are the important ingredients designed to protect products, and so the consumer, against contamination by microorganisms during storage and continued use.  All cosmetic products placed on the EU market must comply with the EU Cosmetic Products Regulation ((EC) No. 1223/2009) and must be safe – irrespective of the source of the ingredients or the claims being made.  Challenges to preservatives from media and the industry itself mean the positive list of preservatives, Annex V to the Cosmetics Regulation, is a shrinking pallet.  This in itself is a cause for concern.  The presentation will provide an update on the activities of the European cosmetics industry and the European Commission to preserve the preservatives.

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