Colin

I am a formulation scientist, inventor, manager, beauty blogger, beauty futurologist, science communicator and environmentalist. Biggest achievements to date - Conceiving and formulating one of the top selling pharmaceutical scalp treatment shampoos. Organising the first two Formulate trade shows, now a key feature of the UK cosmetic industry's year. Starting Colin's Beauty Pages, the UK's main blog devoted to cosmetic science and other health and beauty matters. Elected as a Fellow of the Society of Biology 1st October 2013. Specialties: Formulation development, science communication, cosmetic regulatory compliance, rheology, experimental design, finding odd connections between things that nobody else has noticed.I am a formulat

Why Sunscreens Are Tricky For Small Businesses

Sunscreens protect against UV radiation, preventing sunburn and premature aging. Despite growing market demand and revenue potential, small businesses face challenges due to strict regulations, high formulation costs, and competitive market. SPF and broad-spectrum testing are crucial for making sun protection claims, posing significant entry barriers.

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What are these responsible person mandates all about?

This post explores the role of the “responsible person” and the use of “mandates” in the cosmetic industry within the EU and UK. It discusses how these practices, although not currently required by law, are emerging as industry standards to ensure compliance with cosmetic regulations, and predicts their future legal significance.

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Changes To General Product Liability Regulations in EU and UK

The EU’s new product liability regulations in Regulation (EU) 2023/988 introduce stricter safety and traceability requirements. Article 4 mandates product safety through design and manufacturing, with additional protective measures like warnings and instructions. Article 16 focuses on product traceability and safety information. These changes come into force in December 2024, with the UK expected to follow suit.

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Are Eyelash Glues in the EU Regulated as Cosmetics?

In the EU, the regulation of eyelash glues as cosmetics has not been consistent in the past. Some countries, such as France, classified eyelash glue as a cosmetic product and regulated it under Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. Others felt that the products fell under the General Product Safety Regulation, with the onus on producers and distributors

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