China’s first-imported non-special use cosmetics filing management

Cosmetic labelling requirements in China (GB 5296.3-2008)

As is the case in many other countries, labelling is a very important part of ensuring compliance with the relevant cosmetics legislation in China. The applicable national standard for cosmetic products labelling is GB 5296.3-2008. Cosmetic labels, including claims, are checked during the process of pre-market product registration and they are also checked by the […]

california proposition 65

California Proposition 65 (Prop 65)

The California Proposition 65, also known as Prop 65, was passed in California in 1986 with the aim of protecting the state’s water sources. The Proposition requires the state to publish and maintain a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list of such substances is […]

Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP)

Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP)

Cosmetics manufacturers, packers and distributors that operate in the USA are encouraged to use the FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP). The VCRP applies only to cosmetic products that are sold to end-consumers in the USA. The VCRP does not apply to products that are not intended for sale, such as hotel samples or free […]

New bans, restrictions and SCCS opinions

MBBT added to Annex VI

A new nano-sized UV filter has been added to Annex VI of the EU cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 and therefore became approved for use in the EU. The ingredient in question is Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (MBBT). In 2015 the SCCS published a positive opinion on the use of MBBT in nano form and reconfirmed that opinion in […]

Aerosol legislation

Labelling requirements for aerosols

Cosmetic products are usually packaged in various jars or tubes, but they can also be packaged in aerosol dispensers. Labelling rules for cosmetic products are described in the EU cosmetics regulation 1223/2009, while for aerosol dispensers there are also additional labelling rules, which are listed in the EU aerosol directive.   The following have to […]