Beuc paper tracks EU position on cosmetics in TTIP

By Michelle Yeomans

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Beuc paper tracks EU position on cosmetics in TTIP

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NGO, Beuc has published a document comparing the EU’s position on cosmetics from May 2014 to February 2015, to illustrate the Commission's updated position in the TTIP negotiations.

The consumer organisation put together the document after the EC dropped the idea of a mutual recognition of lists between the EU and the US of allowed and prohibited cosmetics substances in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks.

It compares the EU’s position on cosmetics in May 2014 and then again in February 2015, the results of which Beuc states it is happy to see, and that the European Commission had taken its comments into account. 

EU position on cosmetics in TTIP 

Updates or adjustments outlined in the paper​ includes the following:

May 2014

 

February 2015 

Preliminary ideas that can be complemented and refined at later stage. 

The TTIP could cover:

  • mutual recognition of lists of allowed and prohibited cosmetic substances

 

Preliminary ideas that can be complemented and refined at later stage.                            

The TTIP could cover:                

  • collaboration in scientific safety assessment methods

 

The discussions are at a relatively early stage​ and therefore the specific actions that may be decided cannot yet be determined.

But,​ these proposed items could result in gains not only for industry arising from reduction of diverging requirements, but also in:

 a wider range of cosmetics products

·more efficient testing, and

· greater international harmonisation of cosmetics regulations and practices

The discussions are still ongoing and therefore the specific actions have not yet been decided.

In any case,​ these proposed items could result in gains not only for industry arising from reduction of diverging requirements, but also in:

a wider range of cosmetics products available to the consumer​ 

·more efficient testing, and

· greater international harmonisation of cosmetics regulations and practices.

2.4. Harmonization of other test methods and of test requirements      

Both sides should further cooperate on the harmonization of test methods on basis of ISO standards (e.g. ISO 24445 – test methods to determine the sun protecting factor)

Both sides could explore possibilities for the approximation of requirements regarding colour additives (EU allows those on the list of authorized colorants without further testing.

US-FDA has to approve all colour additives (ingredient pre-approval) and for certain colour additives batch testing is required).

2.4. Harmonisation of other test methods and of test requirements                                  

Both sides should further cooperate on the harmonisation of test methods​ on the basis of ISO standards (e.g. ISO 24445 - test methods to determine the sun protecting factor).

Both sides could explore possibilities for the approximation of requirements regarding colour additives

(The EU allows those that are on the list of authorised colorants without further testing.

In the US for certain colour additives batch testing is required)

The possibility to waive 'batch testing' of OTC drugs manufactured with ingredients​ considered safe by both sides (including purity levels), could be explored (in case existing legislation allows it).

In that case, safety compliance could be checked via inspections on a random basis.

The possibility to waive 'batch testing' of colorants​ considered safe by both sides (including purity levels), could be explored (in case existing legislation allows it).

In that case, safety compliance could be checked via inspections on a random basis.

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