Cosmeservice Newsletter April


New EU rules to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging

The EU Parliament adopted new measures to make packaging more sustainable and reduce packaging waste in the EU. The regulation aims to tackle constantly growing waste, harmonise internal market rules and boost the circular economy.

The three pillars of the approved measures will be reducing packaging, encouraging reuse and the major use of recyclable packaging and better waste collection. To prevent adverse health effects, the text includes a ban on the use of so-called “forever chemicals” above certain thresholds in food contact packaging.

However, the EU Council needs to formally approve the agreement before it can enter into force. The rules, provisionally agreed on with the Council, include packaging reduction targets and require EU countries to reduce, in particular, the amount of plastic packaging waste. Certain single-use plastic packaging types will be banned from 1 January 2030.

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ATP 22 - Europe notifies the 22nd ATP of the CLP

On the 18th of January 2024, the European Union transmitted to the WTO a draft Regulation which constitutes the 22nd ATP of the CLP Regulation.

It involves a total of 17 substances that can be used in cosmetics, including four with a new CMR classification, which ultimately threatens their use in cosmetic products.

The following four cosmetic ingredients have gotten a new CMR classification (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, and Toxic to Reproduction), threatening their use in cosmetic products:

  • Silver/Colloidal Silver/CI 77820 (CAS 7440-22-4)

  • Hexyl Salicylate (CAS 6259-76-3)

  • N,N’-Methylenebisacrylamide (CAS 110-26-9)

  • o-Phenylphenol (CAS 90-43-7)

New Regulation about Retinol and its derivatives published

The European Parliament recently published Regulation (EU) 2024/996, amending the annexes of the EU cosmetic regulation according to SCCS opinions.

 New restrictions for Genistein, Daidzein, Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Alpha-arbutin, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate and Retinyl Acetate will apply, along with the updated and additional restrictions for Triclosan and Triclocarban.

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A new version of the EU Cosmetics Regulation in April 2024

Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 on cosmetic products is the main regulatory framework for finished cosmetic products when placed on the EU market.

It strengthens the safety of cosmetic products and streamlines the framework for all operators in the sector. The regulation simplifies procedures to ensure an internal market of cosmetic products in the EU.

The most significant changes introduced to the cosmetics regulation new version include the  Regulation (EU) 2023/1545 of 26 July 2023 regards labelling of fragrance allergens and Regulation (EU) 2023/1490 of 19 July 2023 as regards the use in cosmetic products of certain substances classified as CMR.

This consolidated text may not include the amendment related to the use of Vitamin A, Alpha-Arbutin, and Arbutin and certain substances with potential endocrine disrupting properties, the Regulation (EU) 2024/996 of the 3rd of April 2024.

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Nano ingredients banned in the EU: Regulation (EU) 2024/858

Commission Regulation (EU) 2024/858, published on the 14th March 2024, amends the EU Cosmetics Regulation as regards the use of certain nanomaterials.

Nano derivates of Gold, silver, Platinum, Copper, and Styrene/Acrylates polymers will be banned in the EU.

Hydroxyapatite in its nano form is now regulated under the Annex III. The restrictions will apply from the 1st of February 2025.

Cosmetic Industry Updates in CANADA

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Concerning the Disclosure of Cosmetic Ingredients (SOR/2024-63) were published in the Canada Gazette. This is a significant step forward for transparency and safety in the cosmetic sector.

Currently, allergens are not declared in Canada, nor in the FDA, but with this update, Canada wants to follow the same requirements as the European Regulation and, therefore, declare allergens, if they are present above a certain concentration.

All amendments, except those related to fragrance allergens disclosure, will come into force 3 months after the registration, 180 days after the 9th of October 2024.

The implementation deadlines are similar to those applicable in Europe.

Provisions regarding the disclosure of fragrance allergens will come into force two years after registration or by the 12th of April 2026.

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UK Cosmetics Regulation changes to restrict the use of BHT

This regulation will enter into force on the 22nd of April 2024. The substance can be used in the UK as follows:

  •  0.1% in Toothpaste.
  • 0.001% in mouthwash and leave-on oral care products.
  • 0.8% in other leave-on and rinse-off products.

A transition period is granted for products already placed on the market. These products can continue to be made available on the market until the 24th of June 2025.

This comprehensive update introduces the limits of the use of BHT. The alignment of the UK with the EU Cosmetic Regulation is made, with a slight difference: the limitation of leave-on oral care products to 0.001%.

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GREEN AND SUSTAINABILITY CORNER - Greenwashing Directive, a step towards environmental integrity

The European Parliament recently passed a groundbreaking law to tackle greenwashing, a common practice increasingly prevalent in the cosmetics and fragrance industry. This legislation, known as Directive 2023/0085, is a significant shift towards consumer empowerment and environmental integrity.

Businesses in the beauty sector are encouraged to reassess their marketing strategies and ensure transparency in their environmental claims. With this directive, consumers can make informed choices, free from misleading information. 

At Cosmeservice we’re here to guide you through the complexities of compliance, offering tailored solutions to meet your goals while maintaining regulatory compliance. 

Uphold your environmental standards and empower consumers with accurate information. Stay informed about the latest regulations in the cosmetics sector by accessing the official legal text for in-depth insights.

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