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Representing all types of companies involved in making, supplying and selling cosmetic and personal care products, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association Limited (CTPA) is the authoritative voice of a vibrant and responsible UK industry.

As the voice of the industry, our key roles are:

  • Promoting the strengths of a well-regulated industry.
  • Promoting best practices by working with all stakeholders to ensure high quality cosmetic products are made to the highest possible safety standards.
  • Providing scientific strength and a credible coordinated voice to the UK government, the EU authorities (through our European Association, Cosmetics Europe), the media and other key stakeholders.
  • Maximising the opportunities for companies to innovate and provide consumers with the choice they demand.


CTPA recognises that the consumer has a right to understand the processes that industry and the regulatory bodies go through to ensure the safety and efficacy of cosmetic and toiletry products. Over the years we have steadily increased our focus on providing the public with direct access to the industry's perspective and progress on safety, science and innovation.

This consumer information website, www.thefactsabout.co.uk, holds a wealth of information about the science behind products, explaining about safety assessments, ingredient issues and the strict rules governing the safety of such products as toothpaste, hair colorants, sun protection, make-up, fragrance, personal care etc. For further regulatory advice, please see the main CTPA website and its detailed FAQs section.


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