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This news section is designed to provide updates on key regulatory, scientific and technical changes in order to stay abreast of issues that could impact the way cosmetic and personal care products are supplied to consumers.

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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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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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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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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 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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Wet Wipes Marking Requirements in NI
Wet Wipes Marking Requirements in NI

01 January 2021

CTPA would like to alert companies that the EU marking requirements for wipes are applicable in Northern Ireland.

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EU Member States Customs Requirements
EU Member States Customs Requirements

01 January 2021

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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IMPORTANT – Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and EU
IMPORTANT – Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and EU

31 December 2020

The UK and the EU have settled the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), finalising the negotiations over the future relationship between the two parties following the departure of the UK from the EU.

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CTPA Sustainability Strategy in Action:  December 2020
CTPA Sustainability Strategy in Action: December 2020

01 December 2020

Read about the latest achievements under CTPA's industry-leading Sustainability Strategy.

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

01 December 2020

Join us on 14 January 2021 as key figures in the sustainability industry explore current and upcoming global challenges.

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Claims Focus – ASA Ruling on non-Substantiated and Borderline Claims
Claims Focus – ASA Ruling on non-Substantiated and Borderline Claims

01 December 2020

On 2 December 2020 the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) issued a ruling against non-substantiated and borderline claims for skincare products.

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IMPORTANT – Brexit Preparedness Advice
IMPORTANT – Brexit Preparedness Advice

01 December 2020

CTPA wants to alert its members and companies that disruptions to the movement of goods are expected occur, regardless of whether there is a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in place or we begin the year under general World Trade Organisations (WTO) rules. 

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BREXIT – UK Government Events and Q&A on Chemicals

01 December 2020

Defra and the HSE are organising two online events to provide an overview of the chemicals regulatory frameworks (REACH, CLP, PIC).

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IMPORTANT – OPSS End of Transition Workshop on Cosmetics
IMPORTANT – OPSS End of Transition Workshop on Cosmetics

01 December 2020

OPSS will be hosting an online workshop event for the cosmetics industry, to highlight the changes that will happen in the UK to the sector from a policy point of view.

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Brexit Updates – HMRC Customs and Trade Resources
Brexit Updates – HMRC Customs and Trade Resources

01 December 2020

HMRC have issued a substantial number of public resources covering customs processes, imports and exports into the UK, into the EU and with other third countries.

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Brexit Updates – CTPA Brexit webinar 3 December 2020 Recording

01 December 2020

The recording of the last CTPA Brexit webinar held on 3 December 2020 is now available to view.

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Brexit Updates – UK Continuity Agreement with EEA Countries
Brexit Updates – UK Continuity Agreement with EEA Countries

01 December 2020

On 8 December 2021, the Department for International Trade (DIT) announced the UK, Norway and Iceland signed a trade continuity agreement for trade in goods.

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Certificates of Free Sale Following the UK Exit from the EU

01 December 2020

The Department for International Trade (DIT) Import Licensing Branch (ILB) has provided CTPA with an update on the issuance of Certificates of Free Sale (CFS).

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Brexit Updates – 7th Amendment of the Product Safety and Metrology SI
Brexit Updates – 7th Amendment of the Product Safety and Metrology SI

01 December 2020

On 11 December 2020, the 7th amendment of the Product Safety and Metrology SI has been officially approved and published in the list of newly enacted legislation. 

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UK Internal Market Bill Becomes Law
UK Internal Market Bill Becomes Law

01 December 2020

On 17 December 2020, the UK Internal Market Bill obtained Royal Assent, meaning that it has officially become UK law. 

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Brexit Updates – Last Amendment of UK REACH SI
Brexit Updates – Last Amendment of UK REACH SI

01 December 2020

On 17 December 2020, the last amendment to the UK REACH Statutory Instrument (SI) was officially approved and published in the list of newly enacted legislation.

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The UK and EU Secure a Free Trade Agreement
The UK and EU Secure a Free Trade Agreement

01 December 2020

The negotiations between the UK and the EU have successfully come to a conclusion on the 24 December 2020.

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New SCS/RSC 'Discovering Cosmetic Science' Book
New SCS/RSC 'Discovering Cosmetic Science' Book

01 November 2020

The RSC, in collaboration with the SCS, has published a new book entitled 'Discovering Cosmetic Science'.

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Anti-Ageing conference 4-5 November - Still Time to Attend!
Anti-Ageing conference 4-5 November - Still Time to Attend!

01 November 2020

The biennial Anti-ageing Conference is currently taking place virtually.

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IMPORTANT – CTPA Brexit webinar for members and non-members
IMPORTANT – CTPA Brexit webinar for members and non-members

01 November 2020

Want to check if your preparedness plan covers all the key points?  Want to know more about the recently published UK regulations amendments?

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IMPORTANT – UK Government webinar on UK REACH

01 November 2020

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) organise a webinar on UK REACH on 12 November at 11.00.

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Advertising Focus – Social Media Ad Labelling

01 November 2020

On 4 November 2020, the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a ruling against an influencer social media post that was not clearly labelled as marketing communication. 

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Brexit Updates – UK Government Guidance on the Use of the UKNI Mark

01 November 2020

The UK Government has now issued further guidance to clarify the use of the UKNI mark.

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IMPORTANT – CTPA Brexit webinar for members and non-members

01 November 2020

Are you finding it difficult to understand resources on Brexit preparedness?  Need clarity on the key actions that have to be taken to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period?

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IMPORTANT – Trading Between GB and NI from 1 January 2021

01 November 2020

The UK Government, in collaboration with the Institute of Export and International Trade, has launched a Trader Support Service (TSS), a free service for those traders and intermediaries moving goods between Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI).

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Clear on Plastics Beauty Routine Campaign Launched
Clear on Plastics Beauty Routine Campaign Launched

01 November 2020

CTPA has worked with WRAP on its campaign to encourage recycling of beauty product packaging.

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IMPORTANT – HSE Podcasts on Brexit Preparations for Chemicals

01 November 2020

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are launching a series of podcasts on chemicals readiness on UK REACH.

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RP Focus – Mandate vs Contractual Agreement

01 November 2020

An overview of the options available to set up a new RP and an explanation of when a mandate is needed vs a contractual agreement.

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EU Commission Guidance for Leave-on Alcoholic Hand Products

01 November 2020

On 16 November 2020, the EU Commission has published its Technical Document on product claims for leave-on hydroalcoholic hand gels in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The UK Plastics Pact - Associate Membership Opportunity
The UK Plastics Pact - Associate Membership Opportunity

01 November 2020

The UK Plastics Pact brings together organisations and individuals to change plastics for good.

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CTPA Brexit Webinar Recording 16 November 2020
CTPA Brexit Webinar Recording 16 November 2020

01 November 2020

The recording of the CTPA Brexit webinar held on 16 November 2020 is now available here. 

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UK Government Guidance for Cosmetics Sold in the UK
UK Government Guidance for Cosmetics Sold in the UK

01 November 2020

On 17 November 2020, the UK Government issued several guidance documents related to the Product Safety and Metrology Statutory Instrument (SI), in which cosmetics are also included within Schedule 34.

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CTPA Brexit Webinar on 3 December 2020
CTPA Brexit Webinar on 3 December 2020

01 November 2020

If you are looking to ensure you have done everything you need in order to prepare your company and products for 1 January 2021, then this is the right event to join.

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CMA Investigations on Environmental Claims
CMA Investigations on Environmental Claims

01 November 2020

On 2 November, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) issued an investigation for environmental claims across different sectors, including cosmetics and beauty products.

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Updated EU Borderline Manual for Cosmetics

01 October 2020

The EU Commission Borderline Manual for cosmetics has been updated in September 2020 to include two new entries.

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