Chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products

Updates to cosmetics regulations, alongside consumer- and regulator-driven campaigns for safer alternatives, mean we are entering a new era in the management of cosmetics, personal care products and their ingredients.

In Europe, the EU chemicals strategy for sustainability triggered a revision of the cosmetics Regulation. In the UK a new cosmetics strategy is being developed following Brexit. In the US, the appetite at state level to regulate PFASs is putting cosmetics and personal care products under greater scrutiny. While in Asia, China is seeking out alternative test methods.


If you manage chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products, you face some major challenges:

Understanding the variations in how cosmetics and personal care products are defined in each jurisdiction

Keeping up with increasingly divergent cosmetics regulations as 
they are updated


Navigating the risks associated with product claims

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Chemical Watch can help you meet these challenges, with:

  • Award-winning news and insight coverage with timely updates detailed insights on the latest regulatory news and business developments impacting cosmetics and personal care products;

  • World-class compliance tools including our US Legislation Tracker to monitor and help you keep up with regulatory changes;

  • Unparalleled events and training programmes, designed to give you the information and skills you need to meet, and exceed, your compliance goals in cosmetics and personal care.
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Cosmetics timeline

Don’t miss the biggest regulatory milestones in cosmetics and personal care products this year and beyond. Check out a selection of regulatory dates from around the world collated into this handy timeline.

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Recent news

Read sample articles from the award-winning Chemical Watch news team for the latest updates in cosmetics and personal care products regulations

Nina Hwang

27 October 2022

No decision yet on use of the skin sensitisers in paints

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26 October 2022

New standard eliminates subcategories for product classifications, adds free samples to regulated products

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06 October 2022

US retailer to open clean beauty store in January using 'made without list'

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13 October 2022

Must be authorised by supplier, whose official seal is required on all documents

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22 September 2022

EU executive permits application of the endocrine disruptor in pharmaceuticals

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22 September 2022

Draft amendment includes a three-year transition period

04 October 2022

Limits for cosmetics, cleaning articles enter into force 31 December

Detergent and personal care product bottles

06 October 2022

State looks to align with Ozone Transport Commission ‘phase V’ model rule

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