Safety Assessment

The safety assessment of the ingredients and how the product will be used remains a requirement of the new legislation. However, there is a significant change to the documentation requirements underlying the assessment, described in the new Annex I to the Regulation – the Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR). Detail regarding the support information required for the assessment can be found in Part A of Annex I whilst further information on the safety assessment itself is provided in Part B.

As a consequence of the new style CPSR, raw material suppliers may be in receipt of requests for more detailed information than under the Cosmetics Directive.

Every product on the EU market on or after 11 July 2013 must be assessed according to the requirements of the new Regulation.

The safety assessor will take into account all support information such as:

    the general toxicological profile of each ingredient used;

    the chemical structure of each ingredient;

    the level of exposure of each ingredient;

    the specific exposure characteristics of the areas on which the cosmetic product will be applied; and

    the specific exposure characteristics of the class of individuals for whom the cosmetic product is intended.

In the case of perfumery raw materials, the composition may not be known because of confidentiality. If so, it is necessary to obtain a relevant safety assessment from the supplier.