The Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization (GSO) recently proposed a draft GCC Technical Regulation GSO 1943:2015 “Cosmetic Products -Safety Requirements of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products,” which specifies the definitions of the product, safety requirements, labelling, product claims, packaging and rules for acceptance and rejection.
Cosmetic and personal care products shall fulfill the following requirements:
1.The product shall be completely free from pork and all its derivatives.
2.It shall be safe for human health when used under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use.
3.It shall be homogenous, stable and the properties shall not change during its shelf life when stored and used as per the instructions.
4.It shall be free from any filthy or decomposed substance.
5.It shall not contain graphics or images or phrases that are inconsistent with Islamic traditions and prevailing social values in GCC countries.
6.Cosmetic and personal care products shall not contain substances listed in the annexes with conditions.
7.The presence of traces of the substances listed in annex 2 shall be allowed provided that such presence is technically unavoidable in good manufacturing practice.
8.Sunscreen products shall comply with the articles 5.11 and 9.9 in GSO 2237:2012 “Cosmetics-Sunscreen products.”
9.The manufacture of cosmetic products shall comply with good manufacturing practices. Compliance with good manufacturing practices shall be presumed where the manufacture is in accordance with the relevant harmonized standards such as GSO ISO 22716.
10.Cosmetics and personal care products shall comply with the microbiological limits in GSO ISO 17516 “Microbiology-Microbiological limits.”
11.The pH of cosmetic products should be in the range (4-8) excluding the ranges in Annex 3 that are specific to certain ingredients. Certain products formulated with pH values outside this range shall be acceptable if they have evidence to demonstrate that the pH is necessary to achieve the required efficacy and also have a demonstrable safety report.
12.The non-intended presence of small quantity of a prohibited substance, which is technically unavoidable in good manufacturing practice, shall be permitted provided that such presence is in conformity with point 2.
In the case of its presence as an impurity, cosmetic and personal care products should not exceed the following limits: