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The implementation of the DIL is also highly recommended, in order to demonstrate that digital labelling is a practical option for businesses and consumers, because the European Commission is currently finalising a proposal for the mandatory labelling of approximately 61 additional fragrance allergens. Cosmetics Europe is advocating for companies to be able to choose between labelling all fragrance allergens either on the product packaging or via digital means.
Further information on the labelling proposal is expected during 2020.
In December 2019,
the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) notified the 49th Amendment to the IFRA Code of Practice. This new Amendment constitutes the most significant change to the IFRA Standards for many years. The IFRA Standards set maximum levels on the use of certain fragrances in finished consumer products based
on scientific research into potential health and environmental effects.
The updated Standards are
derived from a new safety
assessment approach,
looking at overall consumer
use of fragranced products,
and feature new and revised
product categories. There are 25 new Standards, taking the total number to 214. There are also changes to around 100 existing Standards.
CTPA is represented on Cosmetics Europe’s Expert Team Future of Mandatory Consumer Information (ET FMCI) and
ET Perfumes. Through these groups, CTPA has contributed to Cosmetics Europe’s response to the consultation on the labelling of the additional fragrance allergens and is continuing to monitor the implementation of the IFRA 49th Amendment.
Throughout 2019, CTPA has provided support to members
on numerous topics relating to cosmetic claims. CTPA ran a series of free webinars for members during the year for both regulatory andtechnical experts, but also marketing and sales functions, in order to upskill members on the topic and its risks for the industry. Guidance has been added to the CTPA members’ website to assist members on the assessment of ‘free from’ claims to decide whether the claim can be justified, and to provide members with information which can be shared with consumers or external stakeholders.
In addition, CTPA has provided advice on ‘cruelty free’ and ‘not tested on animals’ claims, encouraging companies to focus on positive messaging surrounding the benefits
and characteristics of cosmetic products, whilst also educating consumers on the fact that, in the EU, animal testing has been prohibited for many years.
The prevalence of environmental claims is increasing across different sectors, and cosmetics are no exception.
During 2019, as part of
its educational activities under the new Sustainability
Strategy, CTPA focussed on providing information on environmental claims for cosmetic products to members.
In particular, CTPA has provided some key factors that have to be taken into consideration and has summarised key rulings from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) on claims made by other sectors, the principles of which also apply to the cosmetics industry. A CTPA guidance document will become available as part of the new Resource Hub, being developed for launch in 2020.
CTPA Annual Report 2019

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