First independent audit of cosmetics industry Charter and Guiding Principles on Responsible Advertising and Marketing Communications shows high compliance level


Cosmetics Europe is delighted to share the results of its first independent audit conducted by the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), of industry’s compliance with the Cosmetics Europe 2012 Charter and Guiding Principles on Responsible Advertising and Marketing Communications. The audit also checked the compliance of advertisements against the national self-regulatory advertising codes and laws as well as the European legal requirements . It was conducted across six representative European countries: France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Sweden and UK. 

EASA’s audit report finds that 91% of the advertisements of cosmetic products were in compliance with all relevant advertising codes/laws. A total of 1,861 advertisements were reviewed, including 577 television and 1,284 print advertisements aired/published over three month periods – September 2014, March and June 2015.

Dr. Oliver Gray, Director General of EASA commented “We are delighted to have undertaken this first advertisement compliance monitoring for the cosmetics sector on its self-regulatory Charter and Guiding Principles. This was one of the largest surveys of its type ever conducted by EASA and its independent SRO experts at national level. We hope the results will help improve even further responsible advertising practices across Europe.”

Loïc Armand, President of Cosmetics Europe said “The high level of compliance found in the EASA report highlights the effectiveness of self-regulation by the industry and the vital role it plays as a component of the overall EU policy and regulatory system for cosmetics advertising; the system works well!

Nevertheless, our industry is not complacent. Cosmetics Europe is committed to promote continuous improvement of industry’s advertising practices, through compliance with the regulatory and self-regulatory framework and will seek to take learnings from the results of the EASA audit for the future.”

The full report is available in attachment or by following this link:

The press release is available in attachment.

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Cosmetics Europe Week to focus on personal care in a changing world


Cosmetics Week returns in Brussels from 13 to 17 June 2016. This third edition marks 40 years of harmonized EU cosmetics legislation and will explore major global trends and strategic issues in our growing cosmetics and personal care industry.

This year aims to further develop that through a week-long series of events, which includes the Cosmetics Europe International Regulatory and Scientific Conference on 15-16 June, focusing on key issues in relation to the evolution of the industry’s scientific and regulatory landscape.

John Chave, Director General of Cosmetics Europe said that “the EU cosmetics Regulation is a model for the world, helping to ensure that personal care products meet the needs and expectations of consumers and that – above all – they are safe. Let’s not forget there is much of which the EU can be proud. This year’s Cosmetics Week is a celebration of that, but it is also an opportunity to look into the future. It is important to highlight best practices and raise awareness of what is to expect in the regulatory and scientific environment across the EU and beyond”.

During the 2-day international conference, participants will be able to attend scientific and regulatory breakout sessions led by experts on various topics such as alternatives to animal testing and dealing with chemicals in the absence of animal testing, plastic micro particles, CMR, e-commerce, product environmental footprint and ingredients safety.

For the first time, Cosmetics Europe, in partnership with SEURAT-1 (, will be organizing an exhibition and educational tour tackling main developments and areas relating to animal-free safety assessment. 

Cosmetics Europe Week will also feature one full day of high-level discussions on global trends and international cooperation during the Open Forum “Personal Care in a Changing World” and the International Symposium “Doing Business in China: An Update on Regulatory Developments, E-commerce and Market Access” taking place on 14 June.

John Chave added that “it becomes a growing necessity for our industry to focus on new frontiers in personal care and look at global developments such as the evolution of digitalized markets, new product trends, sustainability and international cooperation in this rapidly changing world. Many industry experts rely on events such as Cosmetics Week to stay informed”.
Cosmetics Week gathers representatives from EU national cosmetics and personal care associations, global cosmetic manufacturers, media, companies, and international representatives from, amongst others, China, Australia, US, Latin America and Canada. In total, 48 countries and hundreds of delegates will be present during the week.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website:

The full press release is available here.

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European Commission: the EU is the safest market in the world for hair dyes


"The EU is the safest market in the world for hair dyes", said the European Commission. Read more about it here.


Hair dyes are among the most thoroughly assessed cosmetic products on the market in the European Union today. All hair dyes in the EU must comply with the Cosmetics Regulation which lists colouring ingredients that can be used in hair dye formulations, subject to certain conditions and restrictions. The Cosmetics Regulation also requires manufacturers to include safety warnings on labels for products containing certain substances which can cause sensitisation and allergic skin reactions.

The consumers can therefore be assured that the Commission is constantly vigilant and is continually assessing and managing the risks to keep Europe the safest market in the world for hair dyes and other cosmetic products.

This factsheet is based on 18 Opinions on hair dyes produced by the independent Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS 2013-2016).

These opinions are available on the European Commission website.


Register to Cosmetics Europe Week: Personal Care in a Changing World, 13-17 June 2016



From 13-17 June, Cosmetics Europe will celebrate 40 years of harmonized cosmetics legislation across the EU by holding its third Cosmetics Europe Week at The Hotel, in Brussels.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website:

Under this year’s theme “Personal Care in a Changing World”, we will look at future prospects of the industry, and its opportunities and challenges ahead. You will find a draft programme on the website here.

What’s new in 2016?

  • You can explore global trends and current strategic issues facing our industry during the Open Forum “Personal Care in a Changing World” and the International Symposium “Doing Business in China: An Update on Regulatory Developments, E-commerce and Market Access” on 14 June.
  • You can discover latest regulatory and scientific industry insights with the International Regulatory and Scientific Conference taking place on 15 and 16 June:

 “Harmonized EU Regulation: the next 40 years” on 15 June.

“Celebrating Science: +20 years of progress in applying alternatives” on 16 June.

  • You can benefit from scientific and regulatory breakout sessions led by experts during the Regulatory and Scientific Conference! Please don’t forget to register – you can choose one session in the morning and one in the afternoon.
  • Exhibition Zone – you can learn more about alternative safety assessment with the SEURAT-1 exhibition available this year throughout the whole week at The Hotel. A guided educational tour will be organized on 16 June during the second day of the Regulatory and Scientific Conference, with the help of Prof. Michael Schwarz (University of Tuebingen) and Catherine Mahony (P&G) . More information will be available soon on the Cosmetics Week website.
  • Take part in all our networking events: coffee breaks, networking cocktail and meet colleagues from the industry and external stakeholders.
  • General Assembly – Registration is available on the website for the following meetings: AAM, BoD meetings and the Statutory Session. Please note that there are some restrictions in terms of access (see website).


Early bird discounts available until 31 March

If you register to the International Scientific and Regulatory Conference until 31 March, you can benefit from early bird discounts.

Media and Sponsorship Opportunities

You can download our sponsorship brochure here. For more information, please contact us.


SEURAT-1: Painting the future animal-free safety assessment of chemical substances


A €50 million European public–private partnership (PPP) has paved the way to a new era of assessing chemical safety without using animals. SEURAT-1 – Towards the Replacement of In Vivo Repeated Dose Systemic Toxicity Testing – showcased its achievements during a final symposium on 4 December 2015.

The EU's FP7 and Cosmetics Europe each contributed €25 million to the largest PPP initiative in the field. The project has successfully built on collective knowledge, taking advantage of the cross-disciplinary expertise of regulators and scientists from over 70 universities, research institutes and companies. Together they have defined a common research strategy and made a decisive step to overcome fragmentation in the research community. SEURAT-1's work not only meets the specific needs of the cosmetics industry but also contributes to a global safety assessment solution for any chemical.

“SEURAT-1 marks a significant strategic milestone in the journey towards a future of animal-free testing; it leaves a solid foundation on which future initiatives can build,” said John Chave, Director General, Cosmetics Europe. “With our strategic partners, the cosmetics and personal care industry is committed to strengthening our collaboration in this area of research and to continuing our twenty year commitment towards the development of efficient, sustainable and innovative animal-free testing tools.”

The five-year project has delivered a set of tools and technologies, as well as a framework to tie them together. SEURAT-1 teams have together tested the framework with three case studies. 

Replacing traditional animal experiments with predictive toxicology requires a deep and detailed understanding of how chemicals cause adverse effects in humans. SEURAT-1's framework assembles evidence based on mechanisms called adverse outcome pathways (AOPs), which detail the biological steps leading to an adverse health effect, beginning with a molecular initiating event.

Since many chemicals affect the liver, SEURAT-1 scientists have made a concerted effort to understand and monitor different toxicity mechanisms. For example, they have unearthed AOPs for three key liver toxicity mechanisms: fibrosis, steatosis and cholestasis.

SEURAT-1's HeMiBio project has built a miniature device to mimic a human liver using different types of liver cells. The “liver-on-a-chip” uses biosensors to monitor what happens to cells when a chemical passes through. The device can function for over a month and has already been used to increase understanding of toxicity mechanisms for well-known pharmaceuticals. 

Meanwhile, a SEURAT-1 project called NOTOX has developed a 3D liver model for chronic repeated exposure toxicity studies. By combining data on genes, proteins and metabolites, NOTOX scientists have created computer (in silico) models to predict adverse effects in humans.

SEURAT-1 project DETECTIVE has identified a set of biomarkers for liver toxicity to help hunt out chemicals likely to cause liver toxicity. Human liver tissue for testing is in short supply, with most healthy organs destined for transplant. So, for the first time, a cell factory project called SCR&Tox has provided human induced pluripotent stem cells by reprogramming mature cells to become immature and then to form fresh liver cells.

All of SEURAT-1's toxicity data and test protocols are stored in a web-based warehouse called ToxBank, which also houses data from the EU's Joint Research Centre and US chemical screening programmes ToxCast and Tox21. “The current approach to data science lags far behind the practices we need to follow in research programmes and labs, so that we can transfer research to industrial practice. Within the framework of ToxBank and our interactions with many labs across Europe, we believe we have made significant progress in this area, so that methods and data have been captured according to best practices, and will be sustained,” said ToxBank coordinator Barry Hardy from consultancy Douglas Connect.

An open-source database, set up by an in silico toxicology project called COSMOS, also contains data on cosmetics ingredients from many historical toxicology studies. COSMOS has used the database to build computer models to help understand how a chemical is likely to interact with an organism, allowing predictions based solely on chemical structure. The resulting models are freely available. 

Regulatory bodies are increasingly turning to alternative safety testing methods. For example, next April, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will run a topical scientific workshop on new approach methodologies in regulatory science, partly based on SEURAT-1's approach.

The EU's next major alternatives project, called EUToxRisk, will build on SEURAT-1's findings. “The SEURAT-1 project has provided important groundbreaking work to establish a validated toolbox for alternative methods,” said EUToxRisk coordinator Bob van de Water from Leiden University in The Netherlands. “A large proportion will be incorporated within the new EU-ToxRisk project. In addition, the case study concept that was developed within SEURAT-1 will be a central component within EU-ToxRisk,” he added. The Horizon 2020-funded project will develop case studies to test a range of tools and methods that make use of non-animal approaches.

Cosmetics Europe will continue the research efforts, both through its partnership with the EUToxRisk project and through its Long Range Science Strategy programme (2016-2020), which will also use SEURAT-1 knowledge and will play a crucial role in maintaining EU leadership in this area of research. With this programme, the industry aims to develop further alternative test methods and approaches for safety assessment as well as to facilitate their regulatory acceptance.

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ICCR-9 meeting in Brussels


The European Commission and Cosmetics Europe hosted the 9th International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR-9) meeting from 04-06 November 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.