about ctpa

Representing all types of companies involved in making, supplying and selling cosmetic and personal care products, the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) acts as the voice of the UK industry.

The CTPA is an active participator within Cosmetics Europe, the European personal care association, contributing to committees and discussions with the European institutions.  We have day-to-day contact with the key UK Government departments that control the safety and supply of cosmetic products in the UK.  This enables us to provide our members with the most up-to-date interpretation of and guidance on regulatory matters affecting cosmetic products in Europe.  By maintaining an extensive network of national association contacts, we are also able to ensure a good information flow to and from our members on country issues that may affect their ability to export, including those areas outside of Europe.

The CTPA works with the media, key stakeholders and opinion formers to show how cosmetics have a positive role in society.  Used daily by millions of people worldwide, our industry’s products help people feel more confident in their appearance, enhance their feeling of well-being and contribute to positive self-esteem.

Through co-ordination of the industry’s viewpoint on key issues such as science, innovation and safety, we are able to promote good working practices to ensure that consumers are provided with the very best products. 

Our own consumer 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 etc.  By responding to topical news stories the site provides answers to common questions about cosmetic products.