Published: 23 January 2024  (Updated: 23 January 2024)

OPSS Release Delivery Report for 2022/2023

The report sets out the work delivered by OPSS with product regulation, authorities, and partners.

On 9 January 2024, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) published a delivery report describing their activities and impact, and highlighting their achievements over the year 2022/23, mapping them against the five strategic objectives:

  • delivering protection through responsive policy and active enforcement;
  • applying policies and practices that reflect the needs of citizens;
  • enabling responsive business to thrive;
  • co-ordinating local and national regulation;
  • inspiring confidence as a trusted regulator.

Key activities in the cosmetics sector are highlighted in the report, including that during the report period, 86 notifications of Serious Undesirable Effects (SUE) for cosmetics were reported, logged and triaged, helping inform OPSS proactive market surveillance and investigations.

The report also highlights the exploratory project OPSS conducted in the cosmetics sector, highlighting compliance issues around ascertaining authorised representatives in the UK, ensuring that the Product Information Files (PIF) and notifications to the UK Submit Cosmetic Product Notification (SCPN) portal were in place.

The Scientific Advisory Group on Chemical Safety (SAG-CS) are featured for the advice provided on the restriction of the fragrance methyl-N-methylanthranilate in certain cosmetic products as well permitting the use of HAA299 as a UV filter in cosmetics.

To read the full report click here.  CTPA continues to work with OPSS to help towards the development of UK cosmetic regulations and the regulatory processes supporting the cosmetics industry.

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