Fabian Demicoli

Beyond the application of make-up- The recast EU Cosmetics Proposal

 The Directive currently regulating the cosmetics sector has since 1976, been amended 55 times. It is considered as a very detailed one, but has also been termed as a ’patchwork’ given the number of changes effected. As part of a simplification process, the European Commission has recently presented a proposal for a Regulation that would consolidate and include all these amendments in one text. However the exercise will not stop there.

 The proposal, besides ensuring legal certainty, is also intent on ascertaining the safety of the products placed on the market. An important element of the proposal entails the introduction of clear minimum requirements for the assessment of cosmetics safety. Rules relating to the reporting of undesirable effects, product withdrawal, the coordination of enforcement and simplified notification requirements are also included.

The current proposal is under discussion and so stakeholders are still in time, not only to inform themselves of the implications but also to provide their views on this legislative development at an early stage.

In view of this an information and consultation session is being organised; by Forum Malta Fl-Ewropa, the Malta Standards authority and the European Enterprise Network; which should be of interest to: manufacturers; importers and retailers of cosmetics.

The session shall be held on the 4th of June 2008 at the Trade Winds Hall, at the Malta Enterprise in San Gwann, between 09.00-11.00 hrs.

Participation is free of charge, but prior registration is required in view of seating restrictions. A registration can be obtained from Forum Malta Fl-Ewropa and registrations should reach Brian Pace at Forum Malta fl-Ewropa by not later than noon of Monday 2nd June 2008 by email to .

It would be beneficial for local stakeholders to raise their views on issues of direct importance. A document will be circulated and will be providing an outline of the Commission proposal, a copy of which is available online on: www.forummalta.gov.mt/Portals/FME/Documents/com_2008_49_en.pdf.   

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