The Role of CTPA

CTPA is the UK trade association representing the manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products and suppliers to the industry. The Association's role is to advise member manufacturers, distributors and suppliers about the strict legal framework for cosmetics, to represent industry views to UK Government and external stakeholders and provide the science behind cosmetic products and their safety to the media.

Innovative, Safe Products People Can Trust

The formulation of cosmetic products is carried out by highly qualified scientists from many different specialist fields. Safety is built in to every stage of development. To put just one new product on the shelves can take several years, with many teams of scientists working on it. Then, before it is placed on the market, each product must be subject to a rigorous safety assessment performed by a qualified professional. The safety assessor will look at each ingredient, how the product will be used, by whom, how often and where on the body it will be used, before personally signing the assessment to enable the product to be supplied to the public.

Cosmetic Products and the Law

In the UK and across Europe, cosmetic products are covered by robust safety legislation. All cosmetic products placed on the UK and European market, including those with natural, organic 'clean' or eco claims, must comply with these strict laws which are in place to ensure human safety and to protect consumers from misleading claims concerning efficacy and other characteristics of cosmetic products. The legislation applies to all products, regardless of the origin of the ingredients.

As far as human safety is concerned, it makes no difference whether a chemical is natural, organic or man-made (synthetic), the body really cannot tell the source of an ingredient. All ingredients must be safe to use, as must be the final cosmetic product.