Inform Seminars

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Update on Cosmetic Regulations: Hot topics affecting the industry

This is an extremely active time for the cosmetics industry, with ‘Brexit’ posing so many questions.  There are a number of other regulatory challenges to ingredients, contributing more uncertainty for the industry.  This presentation will provide an update on some of these: microplastics, single use plastics, preservatives and endocrine disruptors.

In the face of the many questions, it is important to remember we have robust cosmetics legislation in the EU Cosmetic Products Regulation ((EC) No. 1223/2009), and that our products must be safe; this is irrespective of the source of the ingredients or the claims being made.

The presentation will provide an update on the key activities of the European cosmetics industry and the implications of actions by UK/EU/global regulators.

  1. Learning Outcomes

  • The latest update from the UK and the EU on microplastics
  • How will UK and EU action on Single Use Plastic affect the cosmetics industry – will this affect cosmetic wipes?
  • The current status of Annex V preservatives
  • The latest on ‘endocrine disruptors’
  • Interaction with the UK dermatology community


10:00 am - 10:30 am

Exiting the EU – the latest update and implications for the cosmetics industry

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, from 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom

will become a ‘third country’ of the European Union (EU) and all EU primary and secondary law will cease to apply in the UK on this date unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date. These include over 30

Regulations that impact the cosmetics sector including in particular the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 and REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

Contingency planning is crucial to ensure business continuity and members need to prepare for the possibility of the UK leaving the EU March 2019 without an implementation period or a deal being agreed.

CTPA, has been working to engage with key UK Government officials and industry bodies such as Cosmetics Europe (CE) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to ensure that the cosmetics industry position and CTPA’s view are clearly heard during the EU exit negotiations.

This session will provide attendees with the latest status of the negotiations and political insights from both the UK and EU perspective and to understand the impact on cosmetics business of the EU Exit but also to sense check some potential solutions that can or should be activated now to ensure business continuity.


Learning outcomes:

  • Brexit political Landscape
  • Insight on the UK/EU negotiation
  • The Brexit Impacts on the cosmetics industry
  • How to be prepared


  • Olivia Santoni Director, Regulatory and International Services - CTPA
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Ayurveda and its effectiveness in Modern Cosmetics

Holistic Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a System of natural holistic medicine that has been practiced since ancient times.

The focus of Ayurveda is to harmonise mind, body, and soul by treating the root cause of the illness. Through its treatment protocols, nutrition and lifestyle it gives rise to lasting optimum health.

Ayurveda is the most natural and effective way to wellbeing. It helps give optimum physical and optimum health as well as a best solution to treating complex physical and phycological disorders.

Each treatment is personalised to the individual requirement.

There are three main approaches:

Ayurvedic Principles and Therapies

Diet, nutrition and lifestyle are effective in treating most conditions.

Years of experience has shown the state of mind; Physical and Psychological trauma has an enormous effect on our overall health. Hence the following rejuvenation therapies revive overall Physical, Psychological and spiritual health.

Amnanda process of mind, body and soul rejuvenation

Effective in dissolving and removal of past physical and psychological trauma, resulting in rejuvenation of health and your biological age.

Marma Pressure & Marma Puncture

Rejuvenation of blocked or disturbed Chakra energies and pathways

revitalising vital energies as well as reinvigorating your healing process.


  • Mahesh Varu Ayurvedic Practitioners Association and College of Ayurveda
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Getting your Brand Noticed by Retail Buyers

How to decide which retailers they should target – Not every brand can be in Marks and Spencer’s or Debenhams. Brands needs to target retailers by researching ideal customers and recognising the right match for them even if it isn’t the retailer they have always dreamed of. I will teach techniques and strategies to help brands work out their best retail fit.

How to align their brand with their chosen retailers – I will share techniques to visually align a brand with their target retailer, so that when retailers take a look at brands and start to do their research they see the kind of brand they want to work with.

How to attract the attention of buyers and get the conversation started – There are loads of things brands can do to get on retailers radars before they actually pitch, techniques and strategies they can use to get noticed and generate some excitement, recognition and interest so that by the time they contact the retailer there is already a relationship in place.

How to pitch to win – I would provide some top tips on how to write a winning email pitch


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Halal Certification

  1. Synopsis

Halal market is just not limited to meat and food products, and now tapping into personal care and pharmaceutical industry at an steady pace. Markets in the middle and far east are developing and importing halal approved products to meet consumer expectations. A lot of export opportunities are emerging across Europe to develop the sector with halal compliant cosmetic products. Halal cosmetics are in demand in the UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, USA and Europe with only a small number of halal certified cosmetic brands. HFA aims to support cosmetic manufacturers to excel in halal compliance and claim reasonable market share.

  1. Learning Outcomes

The delegates will be able to understand halal principles, criteria for permissible ingredients and HFA certification requirements


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

My vessel is bigger than yours! Challenges of process development and scale up

This lecture will guide you through some of the most common pitfalls involved with taking your formula from a small scale lab batch to a full scale production batch. We will explore why issues often occur and how to avoid them, how to plan for success and ensure what you get in the factory is what you got in the lab.

Learning outcomes:

Following this lecture you should have the tools to be able to plan effectively your formula scale up, to minimise the risk to your projects and keep your factory manager happy!


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Once upon a time…beauty sleep, wrinkles and other bedtime stories

The amount and quality of sleep we have has a profound effect on our appearance with the concept of “Beauty Sleep” being deeply ingrained in both popular culture and folklore.

We are seeing an emerging number of new product launches which connect to sleep, tiredness and fatigue and the concept of sleep as a luxury in the 21st Century is widely touted and linked to the growing Wellbeauty trend.

In this talk the effects of sleep on the skin and appearance will be investigated, identifying key areas affected by a lack of sleep and how they manifest themselves.

Not only does poor sleep have an impact on our appearance, over time the act of placing the face on a pillow also contributes to a wide range of subtle appearance modifications.

We shall also report on how the skins physiological processes and functions follow defined circadian rhythms, potentially opening the door for opportunities to develop products which are more in tune to the skins needs.

A review of the latest scientific research coupled with an analysis of claims and market launches, not just in personal care, will be presented.

A consumer survey will provide insights into current attitudes to sleep and skin and potential ways to engage with consumers and fully exploit this growing trend will be shared.

Learning Outcomes

Current scientific insights linking circadian rhythms to skin function

Effects of sleep, fatigue and the act of lying down on facial skin

Sleep requirements at various different ages will be discussed

Current market analysis for sleep and sleep related products

New insights from a consumer survey of attitudes, awareness and effects of sleep and daily rhythm on skin and appearance


4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Consumer Insights: How cosmetic products impact on well-being, self esteem and social interaction

Many have views on what are the benefits of cosmetics and personal care products to consumers but only by asking consumers themselves can we truly appreciate what are these benefits from their perspective. Cosmetics Europe, set out to understand how consumers view the benefits of cosmetics and personal care products and their impact on factors such as self-esteem, well-being, and social interaction. Cosmetics Europe  surveyed more than 4000 consumers from across 10 European countries, in all age ranges, and asked them their views. And as consumers in our digital age demand accessible and accurate information, we also asked about how industry meets these needs too.

The results were published in June 2017, in the ‘Consumer Insights 2017’ study prepared on Cosmetics Europe’s behalf by an independent consultancy Third-i. The results are revealing into the views of consumers and these will be shared and explored with participants during the session Consumer Insights: How cosmetic products impact on well-being, self-esteem, and social interaction

Learning Outcomes:

The session will provide insights and learnings into what European consumers perceive to be the benefits of cosmetics and personal care products and their impact.


  • Diane Watson Director Public Affairs & Government Relation - Cosmetics Europe
9:30 am - 10:00 am

The Evolution of Fragrance Trends: A Sense of What is to Come!

Fragrance is full of emotion & power. It can stand for a movement, a tradition or even a sub culture. It can offer flashbacks to a happy childhood, the resurrection of a loved one or the transportation to a life we can only imagine.

Scent is such a powerful tool - but how has history influenced our fragrance tastes and trends over the past 70 years?

This session will provide an insight into how the twentieth century has influenced the way we use fragrance today and what we can expect in the future.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How we moved from fragrance being part of the elite lifestyle to mass production & celebrity endorsement.
  • How our scents tastes have changed and how fragrances that once seemed daunting and risqué are now seen as dated and frumpy.
  • How we moved from a small palette of materials to hundreds of new molecules, unlocking an era of scent innovation.
  • How perfume is talked about and how it has changed over the years.
  • What we should expect in the future of fragrance trends

The rise of the social influencer and how this impacts the future of fragrance


  • Hayley Forster Pretty Little Aroma & Associate Member of the British Society of Perfumers
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Innovation in cosmetics – tailoring formulations and product concepts to meet fast changing consumer needs and global market trends

Where does innovation start?  We know that a speedy development process is one of the key ingredients to a brand or product’s commercial success today.

This presentation will explore the art of identifying consumer needs in the early days and making the connection to technical solutions at pace.  We will also share a few simple steps to apply ‘reverse innovation’ -  a different approach to the one currently used in product concept development.


11:30 am - 12:00 pm

A History of Hair Care Product Development for the Afro Sector in the UK and USA Markets

An overview sharing history and evolution of hair products within an industry sector catering to Afro hair; and how developments in products as it relates to perception, ingredients, reach and target audience have transformed to become inclusive solutions to the diverse needs of textured hair.


  • Erasing misconceptions around the use of Afro Products and their effect on the hair
  • Exposing the birth of Entrepreneurs within a Community
  • Exploring the current trend of Natural Hair and the use of Natural Ingredients in product formulations
  • Examining what this industry sector looks like now


12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Cross cultural trends in hair styling – a live demonstration

In every culture hair is an integral component of one’s beauty, especially for women. Currently the hair care and styling industry is worth over 87 billion USD and set to reach over 202 billion USD by 2024 (

In modern society where the demographic is multi-cultural we can clearly see the cross-cultural styling trends evolving. This will open up the hair industry to create exciting cross-cultural fusions.

Learning outcomes

In this demonstration you will observe how certain products that are currently targeted towards a particular demographic, can be used in others, which will lead increased revenue opportunities when marketed appropriately.


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The world of the Tricological Society: clinics, legal work, hair analysis, hair replacement, education

The Trichological Society – What is it all about? A relatively young society advancing the understanding of trichology and matters related to hair and scalp diseases and disorders.

Learning Outcomes:

How the society may be able to help you. Open your eyes to the many and varied careers related to hair and scalp problems.

Dr Shahmalak will give a presentation about eyelash and eyebrow transplantation and its effect on patients.

Brief overview of a pioneering surgery and the benefits to patients


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Sunscreen Products and Photoageing

Mycosporine like amino acids (MAA) have potential as natural biocompatable sunscreens

Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) has adverse effects on human health such as sunburn, skin cancer and photoageing.  The outcomes are the result of molecular damage such as DNA photolesions and oxidative stress. The use of sunscreens can prevent short term and long term adverse effects, as well as damage to DNA1. Synthetic sunscreen filters are designed to be stable. This may result in their accumulation in fragile marine ecosystems and damage to marine species2. This raises the urgency of developing biocompatable sunscreens and one option is the development of algal mycosporine like amino acids (MAA) that are natural UVR filters and antioxidants. Laboratory studies in skin cells and chemical systems have shown that MAA offer protection against UVR-induced damage to DNA and oxidative stress3. They also inhibit the UVR-induced expression of genes associated with inflammation (sunburn) and photoageing. Furthermore, MAA activate skin cells’ natural antioxidant defence mechanisms4. These data suggest that MAA have potential as natural biocompatable sunscreens with the added benefit of antioxidant properties.

Learning Outcomes
Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) causes short term and long term damage to the skin

  • Sunscreens are designed to prevent sunburn, but their use can prevent many other harmful endpoints
  • Synthetic sunscreens are designed to be stable but this may result in their accumulation in fragile marine ecosystems
  • The European Chemical Agency has raised ecological and health concerns on 8 of the 16 most commonly used sunscreens in Europe (so-called CoRAP list)
  • Mycosporine like amino acids (MAA) are natural photostable UVR filters found in marine algae
  • MAA are accumulated in the food chain and are preferentially found in UVR-exposed tissues such as skin, eyes and eggs
  • Apart from their UVR absorbing properties, MAA are chemical and biological antioxidants, and enhance natural antioxidant defence mechanisms
  • MAA have the potential to be developed as natural eco-friendly sunscreen filters with the added benefit of antioxidant properties


1          Young AR, Greenaway J, Harrison GI et al. Sub-optimal Application of a High SPF Sunscreen Prevents Epidermal DNA Damage in vivo. Acta dermato-venereologica 2018.

2          Lawrence KP, Long PF, Young AR. Mycosporine-like Amino Acids for Skin Photoprotection. Curr Med Chem 2017.

3          Lawrence KP, Gacesa R, Long PF et al. Molecular photoprotection of human keratinocytes in vitro by the naturally occurring mycosporine-like amino acid palythine. The British journal of dermatology 2018; 178: 1353-63.

4          Gacesa R, Lawrence KP, Georgakopoulos ND et al. The mycosporine-like amino acids porphyra-334 and shinorine are antioxidants and direct antagonists of Keap1-Nrf2 binding. Biochimie 2018.