BREXIT - what you need to know

mmFollowing the outcome of the Referendum on the United Kingdom’s status in the European Union, CTPA would like to reassure its members, the cosmetics industry at large and of course our millions of consumers that the UK decision to leave the EU does not alter the strict safety laws that govern our cosmetic products.

The UK as of now is still a full member of the EU and the current legal structure will stay unchanged for the time being – indeed, the process of transitioning will take years.  For our cosmetics sector, it means that all existing laws, regulations and guidelines remain in place exactly as they did before the vote – nothing changes.  In particular, it means that all of the cosmetics sold in the UK must continue to comply fully with the European Cosmetic Products Regulation, including requirements relating to safety, labelling and the ban on animal testing. Consumers may have concerns about the ban on animal testing, but we would like to stress that the UK cosmetics industry voluntarily abandoned animal testing seven years ahead of the EU-wide ban, so you can be assured this is not going to change. 

The European Cosmetic Products Regulation is seen globally as a success and many other jurisdictions across the world look to it for inspiration.  It will remain a passport for trade.


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BREXIT – ICDA/CTPA Workshop 10 May 2018

The Irish Cosmetic, Detergent & Allied Products Association (ICDA) and the CTPA are organising a unique joint workshop on the potential regulatory impact of Brexit for Irish and UK cosmetic and detergent companies.

This workshop will be held on Thursday 10 May from 10.00 to 16.15 at the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel in Dublin. 

With the UK leaving the EU in March 2019, companies and authorities need to be prepared to face regulatory and legal challenges by that time or at the latest by December 2020 if a transition period comes into force. In particular, this means that unless a deep and comprehensive agreement is reached on the cosmetic sector which includes a specific clause permitting the Responsible Person (RP) location to remain in the UK, UK-based RPs selling product in EU 27 markets will need to establish a legal entity in the European Community.  

CTPA members are currently working on contingency planning and exploring potential locations for their EU RP in the future. Ireland is one of our major export markets both because of the proximity and the common language.  CTPA and ICDA have therefore agreed to organise this joint workshop in order to help CTPA members understand the implications of setting up an EU RP in Ireland. This is a unique opportunity for attendees not only to hear the latest information on BREXIT and understand the regulatory challenges but also to receive information on how the Irish authorities enforce the EU Cosmetics / REACH and Biocide Regulations. The Health and Safety Authority, the Department of Agriculture and the Cosmetic Product Manager of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) will present on key topics as well as participating in Q&A panels. It is therefore a great opportunity to meet with our sister association ICDA and IBEC , the Irish Confederation of British Industry, as well as the Irish cosmetic competent authority. 

Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  

€80 + VAT Member of ICDA or CTPA

€100 + VAT Non-Members  

Booking form and programme are available here

Draft Withdrawal Agreement – Time Limited Implementation Period

On 19 March, the UK and EU negotiating teams agreed the terms of a time-limited implementation period that will operate, if ratified, from the day the UK leaves the EU (29 March 2019) to end of December 2020.

This agreement will have to be endorsed by the March European Council taking place on Friday 23 March 2018.  However, “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” and this is no more than a political agreement. There will be no legal agreement on any aspect until the withdrawal agreement is agreed and ratified at the end of 2018 or early 2019.

CTPA is urging its members to continue to work on contingency planning. 


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