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CTPA Welcomes Which? Article on Safety of Cosmetic Ingredients

Which? rightly reports that we should not be swayed by marketing claims that certain products are ‘clean’, ‘natural’ or ‘non-toxic’ and so suggest they are safer than other products.

All cosmetics are safe, so choose the formulation and product type which works best for you, and that you love.

The Which? Article

In its article “Should you care what’s in your toiletries?”, published on Saturday 17 October, Which? highlights the tightly controlled climate for cosmetics and personal care products in the UK and EU.  The article takes a closer look at parabens, sulfates, parfum (fragrance), alcohol, UV filters and mineral oil in cosmetic products such as makeup, sunscreen, fragrance and toiletries, to investigate their safety and debunk common myths and scares surrounding these ingredients.

Ingredients in Cosmetics are Safe

All cosmetic products, and their ingredients, supplied throughout the UK must be safe. The safety laws controlling cosmetic products are extremely stringent. In the UK, the manufacture and supply of cosmetics is governed by the EU Cosmetics Regulation. Compliance is mandatory.

Cosmetic companies must generate and collect large amounts of information on every single cosmetic product in order to prove its safety. A safety file must be compiled for each and every cosmetic product before it is sold, which contains detailed information on topics including the hygienic manufacturing of the product, the safety assessment performed by a qualified safety assessor and proof that the product does what it claims to do. This information is open to scrutiny by the authorities.

Cosmetic Safety After Brexit

As part of the European Union, the UK has been instrumental in the legislative process for cosmetics and personal care products. The EU cosmetics laws are seen as a gold standard across the world and products complying with these requirements are highly considered outside the EU.

Cosmetics and personal care products placed on the UK market will continue to be safe and effective after Brexit.  Strict cosmetics legislation will be maintained, mirroring the current EU banned and restricted lists of ingredients, and including requirements relating to safety, labelling and the strict bans on animal testing.

CTPA has engaged with the Government to stress that it is crucial that any potential Free Trade Agreements with any other countries do not have a negative impact on the safety of UK consumers.

For any cosmetic product being placed on the UK market, irrespective of its origin, consumers can be reassured that both now and after we leave the EU all ingredients must be safe to use, as must the final cosmetic product. This will not be compromised.

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