Toxin free? The safety dossier of a cosmetic product
Cosmetic products enhance well-being and we use them as part of self-care. Therefore, their safety is a top priority.
“A cosmetic product made available on the market shall be safe for human health when used under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use (...)”, in the words of Article 3 of the Cosmetic Products Regulation.
Each new cosmetic product must pass full safety testing before reaching the market, including its ingredients, the finished product and its use. All information on the formula is gathered in a single European database, accessible to national control authorities and toxicology centres. This guarantees consumer safety and information transparency.
How can the safety of cosmetic products be guaranteed?
Safety testing of a cosmetic product can only be carried out by qualified professionals with the necessary experience, using rigorous methods. The European Commission also has an independent expert committee, the European Union Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), which is responsible for assessing the safety of ingredients and establishing requirements for their use, revising these regularly. This process itself may be reviewed at any time by the competent authorities, meaning that the cosmetics industry cannot relax its standards.