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, and in the UK a new cosmetics strategy is being developed following Brexit. In the US, the appetite at state-level to regulate PFAS is putting cosmetics and personal care products under greater scrutiny. While in Asia, China is seeking out alternative test methods.


As more robust legislation takes shape globally, product safety professionals managing chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products face some major challenges:

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

How to keep up with increasingly divergent cosmetics regulations as 
they are updated


Navigating the risks associated with product claims

As the leading global provider of independent intelligence and insight for product safety professionals managing chemicals, Chemical Watch is well positioned to help you meet these challenges, with our:

  • Award-winning news and insight coverage that provides timely updates and deep dives 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, including our new Going Global - Regional Cosmetics Regulations course 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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Expert training on global cosmetics regulations


Chemical Watch has partnered with Delphic HS, to offer an international cosmetic training programme 
Going Global - Regional Cosmetics Regulations.
 
Going Global has been designed to help participants understand key regional cosmetic regulations and the practical process of regulatory compliance across three modules, running in November 2022:

  • Learn more about the changing regulatory landscape for cosmetic products with an overview of 15 key regulatory regions, studied together to assess cross-regional differences;
  • Understand the latest product safety issues affecting cosmetics and the evolving reputational and non-compliance risks surrounding product claims;
  • Get the opinion of experts to help you prepare your global business development plans.

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Cosmetics Regulatory Summit USA


3-4 OCTOBER 2022 | WASHINGTON DC, USA + VIRTUAL 

Join us for this two-day Chemical Watch cosmetics regulations USA conference to hear the latest developments in chemicals management and restrictions in cosmetics. Key themes will include:

  • an overview of cosmetics regulations in USA;
  • PFAS in cosmetics;
  • ingredient transparency; and
  • packaging and labelling for cosmetics.



Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

05 May 2022

Groups call for data to be collected under separate legislation

Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

04 May 2022

Applies to product efficacy summaries and classification codes

Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

21 June 2022

High court declines to review earlier ruling over mercury in skin lightening creams

Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

15 June 2022

Industry on board but NGOs warn of loopholes and ‘worrisome’ exclusions

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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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Cosmetic timeline sample
Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

12 May 2022

Governor has until 11 June to act on unprecedented proposals

Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

11 May 2022

Stanford study reveals toxicity mechanism

Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

19 May 2022

Plans for Europe-wide human, food and environmental monitoring network

Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

17 May 2022

Single text will make it easier for stakeholders to check the legislation