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The Cosmetics Regulation contains a legal
obligation for the EC to publish a catalog of
nanomaterials used in cosmetic products on the
European market—by January 2014. However,
publication of this information at that time
would have highlighted a large number of non-compliances in product notifications.
In fact, when the EC reviewed the notifications submitted through the Cosmetic Product
Notification Portal (CPNP) for products containing nanomaterials, it found in excess of 400
substances listed. Many of these were assumed
to be errors; however, a catalog containing
such a number of errors or non-compliances
would be detrimental to the cosmetics industry
and potentially cause unnecessary concern
Over the past few years, the industry, the EC
and EU Member State Competent Authorities
have worked to take corrective actions prior to
publishing the catalog. As such, the commission
finally announced the publication of a first version of the catalog in June 2017. Some errors
may still remain but the current list contains
only 43 substances.
The EC has emphasized that the catalog
is for information purposes only, and that
the commission will continue working with
EU countries and the industry to constantly
monitor and improve the quality of the data on
nanomaterials given by operators. The list will
also continue to be updated regularly.
Preservatives are, of course, incredibly
important ingredients to help ensure cosmetic
products remain safe and effective for consumers during storage and use. However, they are
also one of the ingredient categories to receive
the most negative media attention.
Given the importance of preservatives,
Cosmetics Europe has been mandated to
develop and implement a strategy to support
the adequate preservation of cosmetic products,
with the ultimate aim of safeguarding the
future use of as many preservative ingredients
as possible for cosmetic products.
The preservation strategy is based on
• Risk assessment;
• Risk management;
• Efficacy; and
Cosmetics Europe is working internationally
with colleagues both from the American cosmetics industry association—i.e., the Personal
Care Products Council (PCPC), and with the
European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients
(EFfCI), as preservation is a global issue.
In 2017, Cosmetics Europe undertook an
in-depth preservative survey to capture a good
picture of preservative use across the whole
spectrum of different cosmetic products. This
survey will help provide key insights that
Cosmetics Europe can draw on for various
discussions with European institutions, stakeholders and consumers.
However, it must be asked: What is wrong
with preservatives, anyway? The problem of
poorly preserved and potentially dangerous cosmetic products should not be underestimated.
Communications is one of the four pillars of the
Cosmetics Europe Preservation Strategy, and
it is an overarching tool to improve the "public
relations" of preservatives, globally.
Other stakeholders active in this area
include the EC and the International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR).
Therefore, another question to ask is: If the
EC and international regulators understand
the importance of preservatives and highlight their safety—then why don’t we, as