Inspection, testing, advisory, training and quality assurance solutions for cosmetic, beauty & personal care products, ensuring safety and efficacy across the supply chain
A general definition of cosmetics references “Any substance or preparation for human use for the purpose of cleansing, beautifying or altering the appearance commonly to include personal toiletry products (such as shampoos and lotion), beauty products and fragrances.” Cosmetic and beauty products are subject to legislative requirements globally, for instance, in Europe, the EU Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC) which has been replaced by the Cosmetic Products Regulation 1223/2009 since 11th July 2013 and which harmonizes and simplifies the cosmetics regulations across the EU member states, provides strict guidelines controlled by authorities in each member state. In the US, the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (known as HR 2359) was introduced in direct response to growing concern on the safety of ingredients. In China, all cosmetic and personal care products are subject to Administrative Licensing requirements.
Certain products (e.g., antiperspirants) are classified as cosmetics in some countries (EU), while in others they are regulated as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs (USA) or special-use cosmetics (China), or therapeutic goods (Australia), or treated as Quasi-drugs (Japan) or non-prescription drugs (Canada).
Intertek is an independent testing company with a global laboratory network of laboratories well-equipped to offer its customers specialist expertise, support and services in the analysis of products, raw material and consumer substrates, and as such is the ideal partner to provide quality assured data to brands, retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, to help them understand and mitigate sources of product risk.