CTPA Annual Report 2014 - page 13

Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)
The European Commission manages the Cosmetics Regulation,
which is designed to ensure consumer safety, control
misleading claims and promote the EU single market for
cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery products. When specific
ingredients need to be assessed, a mandate is given by the
European Commission to an expert scientific committee,
the SCCS, which is made up of independent scientific experts
drawn from many EU countries. The cosmetics industry and
ingredient suppliers put together a submission of data and
safety assessment to support ingredients. The SCCS carries
out a review and, following an opportunity for public comment,
publishes its expert opinion, which is a risk assessment.
The European Commission is responsible for risk management
and, in conjunction with a committee made up of
representatives of EU governments, decides whether any
regulatory action is required and, if so, proceeds accordingly.
In 2014, 16 mandates were issued by the European
Commission; 14 draft opinions and 24 final or revised
opinions were published by the SCCS. These covered
ingredients used generally in cosmetics as well as
ingredients used specifically in hair colorants, nail products
and fragrances or as preservatives or UV filters.
Related Chemicals Legislation
Rather than just having a one-stop-shop in the form of the
Cosmetics Regulation for the control of ingredients that
may or may not be allowed for use in cosmetics,
including maximum concentrations or other restrictions in
some cases, we also have other chemicals regulations that
may restrict or ban the use of chemicals in consumer or
industrial products. In particular, the REACH Regulation
(Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of
Chemicals) and the related CLP Regulation (Classification,
Labelling and Packaging of substances) merit particular attention.
CTPA follows all regulations that may affect the ingredients
we use in our products and informs its members accordingly.
Should any restriction or control be proposed, there is only
limited time to make a decision and gather the necessary data
to defend ingredients, showing that they are in fact safe for
the intended use, before controls are put in place.
Defence of the safety of ingredients is an expensive and
time-consuming business involving ingredients manufacturers,
cosmetics manufacturers, in-house and outside experts and
trade associations. A full defence of ingredient safety is usually
only mounted for the most important ingredients.
Although other ingredients may be perfectly safe, they can
often be banned or restricted because it is not economically
viable to collate and submit the necessary data to defend
their continued use.
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