Regulation roundup for Europe 2017: what happened?

By Lucy Whitehouse

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Regulation roundup for Europe 2017: what happened?

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As the end of the year approaches, we look back at the latest changes and challenges in regulation in Europe that emerged during 2017.

For a general overview of the current state of industry regulation in the region, and how to stay ahead of consumer trends and regulatory demands, check out this overview​ from ProductLife Group, a firm specialising in the changing R&D landscape.

Preservatives: what next?

Following various arguments and opinions by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), the list of preservatives is continuously changing, explained COSMED in a guest article​ for CosmeticsDesign.

In a roundup from ProductLife Group, we give an overview of how to keep on top of the current preservative regulations here​.

Claims under scrutiny

With product claims now far reaching and often designed to appeal to consumer trends, demands for transparency mean it is increasingly important to ensure a product’s claims can pass scrutiny.

The cosmetics industry is highly competitive and must remain alert to potential market opportunities. At the same time, products and their claims must adhere to extensive and stringent regulations—in particular, the 2009 cosmetics regulation and the 2013 common-criteria regulation. For a roundup on this issue, click here​.


Plastic microbeads have become a concern on a global scale. In this guest article​, industry body COSMED shares an overview of the status of microbeads across the world.

Animal testing alternatives

The hunt for effective, humane and safe alternatives to animal testing continues in Europe. Excitingly, this year saw a few major developments.

L’Oréal announced recently​ that two alternative assays it developed have now been adopted by the OECD, and are now available to use by the wider industry and beyond.

We have covered other alternative testing methods, three of which can be discovered in this roundup​.

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