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SAVE THE DATE! – CTPA Training on Cosmetic Claims is Back
SAVE THE DATE! – CTPA Training on Cosmetic Claims is Back

13 May 2021

CTPA will be running a new edition of the virtual training ‘Cosmetic Claims – Principles and Practical Approaches’.  This year’s training will take place every day from 19 to 23 July between 13.30-15.30.

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IMPORTANT – CTPA Guide on post-Brexit Trade
IMPORTANT – CTPA Guide on post-Brexit Trade

10 May 2021

CTPA has made available the ‘CTPA Guide on Post‐Brexit Trade: Great Britain, Northern Ireland & the European Union’, developed in close collaboration with the UK Government Department Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) and others.

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Updated CTPA Guidance for SMEs
Updated CTPA Guidance for SMEs

12 February 2021

CTPA has relaunched its guidance documents for SMEs to reflect the changes that have come as a consequence of the UK leaving the EU. 

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IMPORTANT: DHA UK Call for Interest
IMPORTANT: DHA UK Call for Interest

14 May 2021

Important information for cosmetics suppliers or brands using the self-tanning ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA)

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WRAP/BEIS Survey on the Use of Recycled Materials
WRAP/BEIS Survey on the Use of Recycled Materials

13 May 2021

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the UK Government Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have recently issued two surveys investigating the factors impacting on the use and safety of recycled materials in consumer goods.  

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Voluntary Symbol for Perforated Full-body Sleeves
Voluntary Symbol for Perforated Full-body Sleeves

13 May 2021

AISE has developed a voluntary packaging-related symbol to be used on perforated full-body sleeves with the objective to improve the consumer understanding that full body sleeves should be removed before disposal, hence contributing to the uptake of recycled packaging material. 

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RSC Report on Polymers in Liquid Formulations
RSC Report on Polymers in Liquid Formulations

11 May 2021

Royal Society of Chemistry publishes report on sustainability opportunities for these vital cosmetic ingredients

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Brexit Updates – EU Approves the UK/EU TCA
Brexit Updates – EU Approves the UK/EU TCA

04 May 2021

On 28 April 2021, the EU Parliament voted with a large majority in favour of granting its consent to the implementation of the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). 

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IMPORTANT – post-Brexit Compliance with EU REACH
IMPORTANT – post-Brexit Compliance with EU REACH

04 May 2021

Actions for GB-based companies selling chemicals (on their own or within mixtures) to EU/EEA countries and Northern Ireland

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IMPORTANT – post-Brexit Compliance with UK REACH
IMPORTANT – post-Brexit Compliance with UK REACH

04 May 2021

Actions for GB-based companies selling chemicals (on their own or within mixtures) to GB which are already registered under EU REACH

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China - The UK is Ready to Meet the Requirements for Animal Testing Exemptions
China - The UK is Ready to Meet the Requirements for Animal Testing Exemptions

04 May 2021

Companies manufacturing in the UK are now able obtain a GMP certificate from the UK Government for export to China.

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Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS) Annual Conference - Naturals in Cosmetic Science
Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS) Annual Conference - Naturals in Cosmetic Science

26 April 2021

Taking place virtually on 6-8 July 2021, the comprehensive three day online programme of this SCS Conference will feature key experts on sustainable sourcing

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UK REACH Grandfathering Deadline
UK REACH Grandfathering Deadline

22 April 2021

UK REACH includes extensive transitional provisions to allow chemicals that were already on the market and registered under EU REACH before 1 January 2021, the end of the Brexit transition period. The first deadline of these transitional provisions is 30 April 2021, which is soon approaching.

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Your Skin and the Sun - Put your Burning Questions to a Consultant Dermatologist
Your Skin and the Sun - Put your Burning Questions to a Consultant Dermatologist

20 April 2021

Join us for a live Instagram live on sun safety with a consultant dermatologist on 30 April 2021!

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Nominations for the 2021 John Maddox Prize Are Open Until 14 June
Nominations for the 2021 John Maddox Prize Are Open Until 14 June

19 April 2021

The John Maddox prize is a joint initiative of the charity Sense about Science and the leading international scientific journal Nature.

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Cosmetics Europe Annual Conference (CEAC) 2021
Cosmetics Europe Annual Conference (CEAC) 2021

16 April 2021

Registration for the virtual Cosmetics Europe Annual Conference (CEAC) 2021 is open

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CMA Review of the retained Vertical Block Exemption Regulation
CMA Review of the retained Vertical Block Exemption Regulation

12 April 2021

The CMA is reviewing the retained Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) to inform its recommendation to the Secretary of State for BEIS on replacing the retained VBER when it expires in May 2022.

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ASA News – Quick Guides Relevant for Cosmetics Advertising
ASA News – Quick Guides Relevant for Cosmetics Advertising

09 April 2021

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) regularly issues news and advice for companies to help them make their advertising compliant with the rules.

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CTPA Launches Updated COVID-19 Guidance on In-Store Testers
CTPA Launches Updated COVID-19 Guidance on In-Store Testers

08 April 2021

CTPA Relaunches COVID-19 Guidance on In-Store Testers and Cosmetic Counters, Beauty – Safe in Store

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CTPA Training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’
CTPA Training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’

08 April 2021

Join CTPA in the training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’, taking place during the afternoons of 19-21 April 2021. 

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Your Skin and the Sun - Put your Burning Questions to a Consultant Dermatologist
Your Skin and the Sun - Put your Burning Questions to a Consultant Dermatologist

07 April 2021

CTPA is delighted to announce that Dr Anjali Mahto, a Consultant Dermatologist will be joining CTPA and our Instagram followers for a live, interactive Q&A session.

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Industry Placements Sought – MSc Cosmetic Science
Industry Placements Sought – MSc Cosmetic Science

06 April 2021

The Year 2 MSc Cosmetic Science students have the option to spend a year in industry between the 2nd and 3rd year of their course. This year gives them an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Studies (DiPS).

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Job Advertisement: ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION OFFICER
Job Advertisement: ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION OFFICER

01 April 2021

CTPA is currently recruiting to increase its environmental capabilities in order to further the Sustainability Strategy, with a particular focus on increasing the environmental legislative knowledge of the Association.

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CTPA Training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’
CTPA Training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’

18 March 2021

Join CTPA in the training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’, taking place during the afternoons of 19-21 April 2021. 

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IMPORTANT – OPSS Call for Evidence on Product Safety Framework
IMPORTANT – OPSS Call for Evidence on Product Safety Framework

17 March 2021

On 11 March 2021 the UK Government’s Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) launched a call for evidence on the new UK product safety framework.

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Fragrance Raffle in Aid of Look Good Feel Better
Fragrance Raffle in Aid of Look Good Feel Better

17 March 2021

Look Good Feel Better have launched their Spring Fragrance Raffle. Closing date is 21 March 2021

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UK Government Announces New Timeline for Import Controls
UK Government Announces New Timeline for Import Controls

16 March 2021

On 11 March 2021, the UK Government announced a new timeline for the implementation of import controls for goods.

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IMPORTANT – SCPN Notifications by 31 March 2021
IMPORTANT – SCPN Notifications by 31 March 2021

15 March 2021

Companies are urgently advised to make the necessary preparations and ensure that the deadline for notifying products already on the market before 31 December 2020 is met, in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the UK Cosmetics Regulation. 

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ECJ Ruling on Cosmetic Function Labelling
ECJ Ruling on Cosmetic Function Labelling

11 March 2021

On 17 December 2020, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a ruling on the labelling of the cosmetic product function. 

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CTPA Open Webinar on UK Regulations for Cosmetics: Recording Available
CTPA Open Webinar on UK Regulations for Cosmetics: Recording Available

09 March 2021

The recording of the CTPA open webinar on UK Regulations for Cosmetics, held on 25 February 2021, is now available on the CTPA webinar archive.

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Personal Message from Look Good Feel Better
Personal Message from Look Good Feel Better

08 March 2021

A personal message from Sarahjane Robertson, Chief Executive of Look Good Feel Better (LGFB), the industry’s charity

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UK Government SMEs Toolkit
UK Government SMEs Toolkit

08 March 2021

The UK Government’s has issued the SMEs Toolkit to help small businesses continue to trade with the EU and Northern Ireland.

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EU Member States Customs Requirements
EU Member States Customs Requirements

08 March 2021

CTPA would like to reiterate that UK products introduced into the EU will count as imported goods, and will have to adhere to the specific import requirements from the EU Member State where the customs clearance process takes place.

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CTPA Training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’
CTPA Training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’

08 March 2021

Join CTPA in the training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’, taking place during the afternoons of 19-21 April 2021.

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Self-tanning Ingredient Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) - New EU Regulation
Self-tanning Ingredient Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) - New EU Regulation

04 March 2021

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) will be added to Annex III at a maximum concentration of10% in self-tanning products.

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HSE REACH Independent Scientific Expert Pool – Apply Now
HSE REACH Independent Scientific Expert Pool – Apply Now

01 March 2021

HSE is recruiting independent experts to support opinion development under UK REACH

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CTPA Training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’
CTPA Training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’

23 February 2021

CTPA is organising the virtual training ‘The Cosmetic Borderlines: Legal Background and Practical Approaches’.

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DIT’s Webinar Series - Accessing the China Market

16 February 2021

In March 2021, DIT will be hosting a beauty festival, featuring seven targeted sessions delivered by industry experts, and covering all key aspects of China beauty.

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DIT Updates Countries List for CFS
DIT Updates Countries List for CFS

12 February 2021

CTPA has been informed that information on EU Member States requiring a certificate of compliance as part of their customs clearance documentation have been added to the list of countries for which the Department for International Trade (DIT) issues Certificates of Free Sale (CFS).

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Claims Focus – ASA Ruling on Misleading Visual Claims
Claims Focus – ASA Ruling on Misleading Visual Claims

12 February 2021

On 3 February 2021, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) issued and upheld a ruling on misleading claims, where the visual effect of a fake tan product was exaggerated using Instagram filters.

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CTPA Open Webinar on UK Regulations for Cosmetics
CTPA Open Webinar on UK Regulations for Cosmetics

11 February 2021

CTPA is organising a free webinar on the UK regulatory landscape for cosmetic products, which will be open for free participation by the wider industry.

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CTPA Joins Instagram!
CTPA Joins Instagram!

05 February 2021

Follow @thectpa to see how we’re engaging with consumers.

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LGFB Supporting World Cancer Day – 4 February 2021
LGFB Supporting World Cancer Day – 4 February 2021

04 February 2021

One in two people will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime and facing this during the current COVID-19 health pandemic is unimaginable.

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OPSS Survey on the UK Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013

01 February 2021

OPSS is running a survey which aims to explore how the regulations have impacted businesses.  The survey will stay open until 08.00am of 15 February 2021.

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BEIS Videos Supporting Businesses with UK Requirements
BEIS Videos Supporting Businesses with UK Requirements

01 February 2021

BEIS has launched a series of new on demand videos to help businesses familiarise themselves with the new rules and the actions they should take.

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EU Commission Screening of Websites for ‘Greenwashing'
EU Commission Screening of Websites for ‘Greenwashing'

01 February 2021

On 28 January, the EU Commission issued the results of a screening of websites exercise carried out each year to identify breaches of EU consumer law in online markets. The focus this year was on ‘greenwashing’ or misleading environmental claims.

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UK Submit Cosmetic Products Notification Portal
UK Submit Cosmetic Products Notification Portal

01 January 2021

On 1 January 2021, OPSS launched the Submit Cosmetic Products Notification (SCPN) portal, allowing companies to notify cosmetic products made available on the GB market as of 1 January 2021.

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UK REACH-IT System
UK REACH-IT System

01 January 2021

On 1 January 2021, the UK Government Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched the Comply with UK REACH IT service.

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UK Product Safety Database
UK Product Safety Database

01 January 2021

OPSS has issued the UK Product Safety Database, where weekly reports of products placed on the UK market posing a risk to the health and safety of consumers are published.

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Brexit Updates – TCA Summary and Implementation
Brexit Updates – TCA Summary and Implementation

01 January 2021

Companies might find useful consulting the House of Commons Library report summarising the key points of the Agreement and how it is implemented in both the UK and the EU.

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UK Customs, VAT and Excise Legislations and Rules of Origin
UK Customs, VAT and Excise Legislations and Rules of Origin

01 January 2021

The UK Government has issued a list of all relevant UK legislations related to Customs, VAT and Excise that have entered into force on 1 January 2021.

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New EU Commission Guidance on ABS Regulation
New EU Commission Guidance on ABS Regulation

01 January 2021

On 14 December 2020, the EU Commission published updated guidance on the scope of application and core obligations of Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 (EU ABS Regulation)

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New EU Requirement to Mark Wet Wipes
New EU Requirement to Mark Wet Wipes

01 January 2021

the EU Commission published on 18 December 2020 in the Official Journal of the European Union the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2151, laying down harmonised marking requirements for wet wipes.

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IMPORTANT – UK Government Webinars on Rules of Origin
IMPORTANT – UK Government Webinars on Rules of Origin

01 January 2021

In order to help companies have a better understanding of Rules of Origin and to be able to comply with the requirements, the UK Government is organising two webinars on this topic.

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Claims Focus - ASA Ruling on Microbiome Claims
Claims Focus - ASA Ruling on Microbiome Claims

01 January 2021

On 13 January 2021, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) issued and upheld a ruling against microbiome claims.

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BEIS Letters to Hauliers
BEIS Letters to Hauliers

01 January 2021

On 12 January 2021, Minister Paul Scully of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a letter (with related annex for more guidance) to alert hauliers that a negative Covid-19 test is needed before travelling from the UK into France.

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ECHA – UK Registrations under EU REACH
ECHA – UK Registrations under EU REACH

01 January 2021

As of 11 January 2021, around 20% of UK registrations have not been transferred to an EU-based entity and will therefore be revoked.  For an amount of these substances the transfer was not completed in time, and ECHA is giving until 31 March 2021 to completed the process.

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Follow Up - CTPA Sustainability Summit - 'Think Sustainable, Act Positive'
Follow Up - CTPA Sustainability Summit - 'Think Sustainable, Act Positive'

01 January 2021

The Summit was seen as inspirational by attendees.

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CTPA Resources Following the UK Exit from the EU
CTPA Resources Following the UK Exit from the EU

01 January 2021

The CTPA team will be working on new resources, to be made available publicly and to members, to describe the UK regulatory frameworks applicable to cosmetics as a matter of priority. 

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CTPA Cosmetovigilance Training Webinar: 17 February 2021
CTPA Cosmetovigilance Training Webinar: 17 February 2021

01 January 2021

CTPA will be running a free webinar on Cosmetovigilance for members and non-members.

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