Recent in Europe (page 4 of 7)

Today's the Day: Animal Testing Ban Initiated in Europe

Today, March 11, 2009, two bans enter into force concerning animal testing for cosmetics products sold in the European Union. The first bans the testing of ingredients on animals while the second bans the sale of cosmetic products containing ingredients tested on animals.

SCCP Questions Triclosan Percentages in Mouthwash and Leave-ons

According to the committee, the ingredient is not safe at the given concentration in mouthwashes and leave-on products such as body lotion due to a higher absorption rate.

SCCP Assesses Tea Tree Oil

When exposed to air and heat, tea tree oil is prone to oxidation and yields epoxides and other oxidation products that contribute to its skin sensitizing potential.

Colipa Supports Directive Review

Colipa supports the vote by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, agreeing with the European Commission to review the Cosmetics Directive.

Colipa Launches New Public Web Site

The Web site aims to give clear information to a wide range of stakeholders on issues of importance to the cosmetics industry.

EU to Invite Scientists as Risk Assessment Advisors

The European Commission announced plans to invite scientists to join its risk assessment and other scientific committees to provide scientific advice on consumer safety, public health and the environment.

CTPA Responds to Report on Cosmetics Blocking Androgens in Male Fetuses

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) has responded to reports questioning the safety of perfumes and scented body lotion for unborn males.

The EU's Proposed 8th Amendment

Just as the industry began to comply with the 7th Amendment to the Cosmetic Directive, the European Union (EU) Commission proposed the new 8th Amendment. After confusion surrounding the old rules, the commission attempted to correct matters, only making them worse.

European Chemicals Agency to Take the Reins

Just as pre-registration of chemicals in the EU moves to the registration phase on June 1, 2008, the European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) will hand off responsibilities to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

SCCP Rules on Hair Dyes and Disagrees with Consumer Patch Test

The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) has deemed five hair-dye ingredients safe at recommended concentrations and labeled one with insufficient data.

SCCP Re-evaluates Toluene and Benzophenone-3

The European Commission (EC) is requesting opinions from its Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) on benzophenone-3 and toluene.

EC Proposes Directive Simplification--Colipa Approves

The European Commission has proposed to simplify the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC. Under the simplification, The EC would take the 27 transposing national pieces of legislation representing over 3500 pages of legal text and replace them with one single regulation.