CTPA Annual Report 2014 - page 7

Executive Summary
View from Dr Chris Flower, CTPA Director-General
To me, the highlight of 2014
was the CTPA Members’
Event that we held on 1 July.
It broke new ground for the
Association in going beyond
its original purpose of allowing
members to network and meet
the Board; in addition,
it provided a forum in which
our members participated in
a lively debate with a small panel to challenge our current
thinking on the four key work themes of product safety,
product efficacy, our collective contribution to society, and
informed decision-making by consumers and regulators.
The discussions continued over lunch and later the main
thoughts of each table were presented. Finally, members were
invited to leave any other thoughts on comment cards that
would be collated and discussed in depth with the Board.
I found it very reassuring that our members saw CTPA as the
organisation that could, and should, provide such a forum for
broader thinking and they trusted the Association to do so.
The one item which came across strongly as the key
priority for the membership as a whole was robust issue
management. Our members expect CTPA to be the focal
point through which this management takes place.
The Association may rely on its members for expertise and
information but the members expect the Association to
co-ordinate this and act upon it. In order to do this effectively,
the Association needs to ensure it reflects the thinking of the
whole industry and does not simply consider the UK perspective.
The strong links CTPA has with Cosmetics Europe and with
international colleagues in cosmetics associations across
the world have been so important in building consistent
industry positions. In my view, 2014 was the year in which
all of this really started to come together and where there
were tangible signs that the industry truly appreciated the
value of a single voice. Indeed, with the enthusiastic support
of many countries from around the world, our industry now
has an International Associations Collaboration (IAC) meeting
at least twice a year where the focus is on action rather than
discussion. The IAC now functions in between these
meetings to facilitate communication and co-ordinated issue
management on an increasingly global scale. Of course, the
detailed management of any one must be handled locally
and there may be very good reasons why a ‘one-size-fits-all’
approach will not work, but the basic industry position and
key messages should be globally aligned and we should all
know why the execution varies in different territories;
2014 saw great strides in this direction.
The Members’ Event and the international collaboration
through 2014 have also led me to further reflection on the
future of cosmetics. I am not thinking here about product
innovation specifically but about regulatory borderlines and
definitions and what that might mean for our industry.
There is as yet no globally agreed view of what is or what is
not a cosmetic product, but this does not matter to consumers
provided they have access to the safe, effective, high-quality
products they want. Yet trust in the cosmetics industry may be
influenced by the experiences consumers have with products
or services that fall outside of the legal definitions applicable
in different territories. Given the speed of global communications
today, we simply cannot afford to say ‘not a cosmetic,
according to the EU definition’ any longer. Who is responsible
for those products and services in areas adjacent to
cosmetics and what links do we have with those organisations?
Our global collaboration has only just begun; we need to
develop our thinking on these other areas too in order to
secure our future licence to operate.
Executive Comment
Building trust has been the priority for the Association
throughout 2014 and that has been approached from a
360 degree perspective. The industry must trust the Association
to represent it appropriately to stakeholders yet, if those
stakeholders are to trust us, industry should be duty bound
to adopt and pursue the best practices being promoted.
The Association works closely with sister associations both in
Europe and around the world to foster an international network
of aligned voices representing our industry on a global scale.
The benefits are not easy to quantify but may be judged by the fact that the environment in which members do business is
essentially one that continues to permit their licence to operate and increasingly recognises the value of cosmetic products to
the consumer as being more than face value.
Aimee Goldsmith
CTPA Vice-chairman
CTPA Vice-chairman
John Harold
Honorary Treasurer
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