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Cosmetics Europe Appoints New President and Executive Team
Cosmetics Europe Appoints New President and Executive Team

09 July 2020

At its 2020 General Assembly on 10 June 2020, the European Trade association, Cosmetics Europe, elected a new President and Executive Team for the 2020-2022 term of office.

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Society of Cosmetics Scientist (SCS) Update

09 July 2020

At its AGM on 21 May, the SCS appointed Stewart Long, CEO of Cutest Systems, as its new President

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NEW CTPA Guide on Environmental and Green Claims

08 July 2020

With the increase in popularity and use of environmental and ‘green’ claims within the cosmetics industry, and with the growing awareness and concern about personal and industrial impact to the environment, the CTPA created its guide on ‘Environmental and Green Claims’.

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Amazon Bootcamp: Beauty & Wellbeing
Amazon Bootcamp: Beauty & Wellbeing

08 July 2020

The Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a new programme designed to help businesses

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IMPORTANT Brexit Updates – NI Protocol

07 July 2020

The Withdrawal Agreement (WA) under which terms the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 also includes a Protocol on Northern Ireland, providing the legal framework for trade in NI.  An explanatory note is available here.

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IMPORTANT Brexit Updates – UK Cosmetics Regulation

07 July 2020

Important updates on the UK Cosmetics Regulation that will come into force as of the end of the Brexit transition period.

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Brexit Updates – CITES

07 July 2020

On 2 July, the UK Government updated its advice on trading CITES-listed specimens through the UK from 1 January 2021.

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Annual Report
Annual Report

26 June 2020

We are pleased to announce that the CTPA’s Annual Report for 2019 has been published.

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CTPA Welcomes New Chair, Vice-chairs and Treasurer
CTPA Welcomes New Chair, Vice-chairs and Treasurer

26 June 2020

Following the CTPA Board meeting held virtually on 16 June 2020, we are very pleased to welcome our new Chair, Debbie Rix

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ECHA News – EU Report on Illegal Disinfectants

23 June 2020

On 5 June, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a notice reporting an increase of non-compliant hand disinfectants or sanitisers on the EU market across 20 EU Member States.

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CTSI Webinars on Hand Sanitisers Requirements

22 June 2020

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) is hosting a series of webinars this week on the legal requirements for hand sanitisers and cleansers for businesses making, importing, distributing and selling these products.

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Brexit Updates – UK/EU Negotiations

16 June 2020

On 12 June 2020, the second meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee was held. On 15 June 2020, the UK Prime Minister met with the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Parliament.  

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Brexit Updates – UK Government Businesses Engagement on Northern Ireland

16 June 2020

On 11 June 2020, Her Majesty Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published a questionnaire for businesses moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Brexit Updates – UK Border Control Plans

16 June 2020

The UK Government is accelerating its border planning to implement border controls for EU goods imported into Great Britain as of the end of the Brexit transition period (31 December 2020). 

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Brexit Updates – UK/EU Fourth Round of Negotiations

09 June 2020

The fourth round of Brexit negotiations was carried out throughout week commencing 1 June.  The UK Government has yet to formally comment on the outcome of the negotiations.

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Brexit – Call for Evidence of Technical Barriers to Trade

09 June 2020

The House of Lords has launched an inquiry into non-tariff barriers that could affect future UK-EU trade in manufactured goods and how these could be addressed in the future economic relationship to facilitate trade.

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

08 June 2020

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) is proud to announce the launch of new guidance, COVID-19 Guidance on In-Store Testers and Cosmetic Counters, Beauty – Safe in Store.

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Brexit Updates – Understanding the UK/EU Negotiations

05 June 2020

On 2 June 2020, the House of Commons Library published a report explaining the current situation and progress of the Brexit negotiations and their timetable, while analysing the possibilities and the process for extending the Brexit transition period.

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Brexit Updates – Joint CIA/Cefic Position Paper on Chemicals

03 June 2020

On 28 May 2020, the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) published two joint position papers on Brexit and negotiations.

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CTPA Brexit Webinar – Did You Miss It?

03 June 2020

On 26 May 2020, CTPA held a free Brexit webinar ‘Simplifying Brexit: Practical Advice for Small Businesses’ for both members and non-members.

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CMA Investigation on Misleading Online Reviews

03 June 2020

On 22 May 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an investigation across major websites to assess the level of protection for shoppers from fake and misleading online reviews.

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UN Climate Change Conference 2021

29 May 2020

The COP26 UN Climate Conference will now take place between 1 and 12 November 2021 in Glasgow.

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COVID-19 – UK Government Business Webinars

26 May 2020

Further to the publication of guidance for businesses, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is holding a series of sector specific free webinars on how to make the workplace COVID-safe. 

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Brexit Updates – UK Government Negotiation Documents

21 May 2020

On 19 and 20 May, the UK Government published a series of documents of high importance related to the UK/EU Brexit negotiations. 

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Responsible Advertising during the Coronavirus Outbreak

18 May 2020

Following a number of upheld rulings on misleading advertising of products claiming to protect consumers against the COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection, the ASA published guidance on responsible advertising during the current pandemic.

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Brexit Updates – UK/EU Negotiations

18 May 2020

The third round of the UK/EU negotiations took place during week commencing 11 May. 

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COVID-19 – CTPA Industry Survey Report

18 May 2020

CTPA published the report detailing the initial conclusions of the COVID Survey, with an analysis of all the information provided by CTPA Members and other industry contributions so far. 

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Free Webinar from UK Customs Academy

15 May 2020

On 27 May at 14.00-15.00 BST, the UK Customs Academy is holding a Customs 101 free webinar, focussing on customs declaration, differences between free trade agreements and customs unions and the implications of Brexit between the UK and the EU trading. 

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Advertising Focus – Adverts Must be Identifiable

15 May 2020

 On 6 May, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld a ruling on a social media advert that was not identifiable as a commercial marketing communication. 

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EVENT – CTPA Brexit Webinar

12 May 2020

On 26 May at 14.00-15.30 BST (GMT+1), CTPA will run the webinar ‘Simplifying Brexit: Practical Advice for Small Businesses’, free for both members and non-members of CTPA. This event is intended to provide the necessary information for small and medium businesses, covering crucial aspects of Brexit preparedness to ensure their business can continue to run as smoothly as possible.

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Brexit Updates – UK REACH Briefing Paper

05 May 2020

On 1 May, the House of Commons Library published a briefing paper on Brexit and the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Regulation (REACH).

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CTPA Claims Webinars

30 April 2020

CTPA is organising a series of webinars focussed on cosmetic claims, their requirements, general principles for claim substantiation, social media advertising and environmental claims. 

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Brexit Updates – UK/EU Negotiations
Brexit Updates – UK/EU Negotiations

27 April 2020

The second round of the UK/EU negotiations was held during week commencing 20 April.

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Industry Launches New Guidelines on Including Recycled Content In Packaging
Industry Launches New Guidelines on Including Recycled Content In Packaging

22 April 2020

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) in conjunction with the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), has announced the launch of new guidelines, Recycled Content Used In Plastic Packaging Applications.

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CTPA Emergency Response Exchange (CERE) - Ingredients Needed
CTPA Emergency Response Exchange (CERE) - Ingredients Needed

17 April 2020

Can you help with the supply of certain ingredients for hand sanitisers and other hand hygiene products?

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COVID-19 Emergency: Coordinated European Action
COVID-19 Emergency: Coordinated European Action

15 April 2020

Cosmetics Europe (CE), the European personal care association, has launched a dedicated COVID-19 Resource Platform

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Brexit Updates – Customs Authorisations

15 April 2020

On 9 April, the UK Government updated its guidance on what changes may apply to customs authorisation as at the end of the Brexit transition period, currently scheduled for 31 December 2020. 

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COVID-19 – Logistic Sector Letter

15 April 2020

On 30 March, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) issued a communication confirming that the work of the logistics sector is essential and should continue as much as possible during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

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COVID-19 – Excise Duty on Alcohol for Hand Sanitisers, Including Bioethanol

15 April 2020

HMRC published a factsheet to explain that alcohol used for the production of hand sanitisers is not subject to excise duty, as long as it is denatured (unfit for human consumption) to avoid diversion to the illicit market. 

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CTPA Launches Emergency Response Exchange (CERE) to help tackle COVID-19
CTPA Launches Emergency Response Exchange (CERE) to help tackle COVID-19

14 April 2020

We are pleased to announce that the CTPA Emergency Response Exchange (CERE) is now live

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COVID-19 – CTPA Survey to Industry
COVID-19 – CTPA Survey to Industry

14 April 2020

CTPA is launching the CTPA Covid-19 Survey to Industry directed at the UK cosmetics industry to gain insight into the impact of Covid-19

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Brexit Updates – EU Technical Notice on REACH

03 April 2020

On 30 March, the EU Commission updated its technical notice on REACH to advise companies on how to prepare to ensure compliance with EU REACH at the end of the Brexit transition period (currently set for 31 December 2020).

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CTPA XCellR8 Safety Assessment Training - New Date - 16 October 2020
CTPA XCellR8 Safety Assessment Training - New Date - 16 October 2020

30 March 2020

Due to take place in May, the Safety Assessment Training Course will now take place on 16 October 2020.

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Update on Hand Sanitisers – HSE Derogations
Update on Hand Sanitisers – HSE Derogations

30 March 2020

On 29 March the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a communication on manufacturing and supplying biocidal hand sanitisers during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

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Brexit Updates – Joint CIA/Cefic Position on Chemicals Negotiations

26 March 2020

On 25 February 2020 the Chemicals Industry Association (CIA) and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) published a joint position paper on the Brexit negotiations for chemicals. 

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Hand Sanitisers - Information for alcohol producers, including distilleries
Hand Sanitisers - Information for alcohol producers, including distilleries

26 March 2020

Information for alcohol producers, including distilleries, who are looking to manufacture hand gels and hand sanitisers.

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Covid-19: Information for Industry
Covid-19: Information for Industry

26 March 2020

A new page has been added to the resources section of the site.

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FREE Webinar on the Impact of Covid-19 on Supply Chains
FREE Webinar on the Impact of Covid-19 on Supply Chains

25 March 2020

The Institute of Export and International Trade is organising a free webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on industries’ supply chains.  The webinar is on Thursday 26 March at 14.00-15.00 (UK time). 

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ECHA News – EU Chemicals Legislation Finder

23 March 2020

The EUCLEF portal has now been launched. The portal contains information on 40 pieces of EU chemicals legislation to help companies, especially SMEs, understand which legislation applies to their products.

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Brexit Updates – EU Readiness Notices

20 March 2020

On 13 March 2020, the EU Commission updated its sectorial readiness notices to reflect current advice, in respect of ongoing negotiations between the UK and the EU.

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Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List - Public Consultation

18 March 2020

The European Commission is holding a public consultation which aims at identifying online and physical marketplaces located outside the European Union (EU) that are reported to engage in or facilitate substantial Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringements, in particular piracy and counterfeiting.

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Placing Hand Gels or Sanitisers on the UK market – What You Need to Know
Placing Hand Gels or Sanitisers on the UK market – What You Need to Know

13 March 2020

During these concerning times of COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus), while hand washing with soap and water is the best way to protect yourself from infections like Coronavirus, alcoholic hand gels are also a useful defence.

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POSTPONED - CTPA Sustainability Conference: Think Sustainable, Act Positive
POSTPONED - CTPA Sustainability Conference: Think Sustainable, Act Positive

10 March 2020

As the effects of Coronavirus on all our lives are becoming evident and many of our members and colleagues face travel restrictions, it is, with regret, that we are postponing the CTPA Sustainability Conference, Think Sustainable, Act Positive, which was scheduled to take place on 5 May 2020.

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Brexit Updates – UK Government Negotiations Mandates

03 March 2020

On 27 February 2020, the UK Government published its negotiation mandates for the future relationship with the EU.

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Brexit Updates – CTPA Position Papers

03 March 2020

Following the publication of the Brexit negotiation mandates by both the EU and the UK, CTPA has now issued its position papers with the key negotiation arguments for the future cooperation between the UK and the EU and the proposals for the future UK regulatory frameworks for cosmetics.

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Claims Focus – Sunscreen Claims

03 March 2020

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) recently issued and upheld a ruling on claims stating that products providing SPF50 only provide 1% more UVB protection vs products with SPF30, therefore suggesting that it is irrelevant to use products providing SPF50 or SPF50+.

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Updated EU Borderline Manual for Cosmetics

02 March 2020

The EU Commission published in February 2020 an updated version of its Borderline Manual, produced by the EU Working Group on Cosmetic Products, on the scope of the application of the EU Cosmetic Products Regulation (CPR).

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Brexit Updates – EU Guides to the Negotiations

27 February 2020

On 25 February, the EU Commission published guides to the negotiations.  These negotiating directives define the scope and terms of the future partnership that the European Union envisages with the United Kingdom.

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Advertising with Influencers – Joint ASA/CMA Guidance

27 February 2020

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) carried out research in 2019 demonstrating that people struggle to identify when a social media post by an influencer is an advert from a brand. This article from the ASA reminds companies that the CAP Code requires all adverts to be appropriately labelled and clearly identified as advertising.

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Brexit Updates - New Immigration Scheme

21 February 2020

On 19 February 2020 the UK Government published a policy statement on the new UK immigration system.

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