The European Commission released a consultation regarding the simplification of the European Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC on Jan. 12, 2007. Colipa, The European Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association has welcomed the simplification. According to the association, the simplification should contribute to secure the industry's competitiveness and capacity to innovate while guaranteeing the highest level of consumer safety.
"Industry plays an important contributory role together with the European scientific authorities and the European Commission to ensure the continuous upgrading of the regulatory environment governing the safety of cosmetic products. Such a process can only serve to strengthen the confidence consumers have in cosmetic products and the industry will actively give input to the procedure," said Bertil heering, director-general of Colipa.