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Ingredient Labelling Of Cosmetics

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Fuseworks Media
Ingredient Labelling Of Cosmetics

The article in the latest Consumer Article highlighting a lack of compliance with the requirements for ingredients to be displayed at point of sale for all Cosmetic Products has been taken seriously by all cosmetic suppliers within the CTFA membership. This change to the Cosmetic Group Standard regulation only came into effect since 24 July 2009 up to which point the previous information provided at the point of sale would have fully complied with any legal requirements. A few suppliers missed this additional requirement but acted immediately to remedy it and ensure that their products were legally labelled or the ingredient information was clearly provided.

The law allows this information to be on the product as labelling and we believe that most products sold by our members would comply by this option. It also allows smaller products where the label cannot easily display this information to use point of sale information to show the required ingredients for consumers. This law is fully supported by the CTFA and its members and was endorsed when proposed.

It would appear that only an oversight has caused this information to not be displayed in all cases which has now been rectified as a matter of high priority by those member companies.

It should be noted that a number of options are available to comply with this law and the provision of point of sale materials is an acceptable means to provide consumers with this information where it may be impracticable to print the information to the label or package.

We believe that some concern may however be rightly targeted as cosmetic products sold through some discount stores as these products are not always supplied through recognised supply channels and likewise products that are ordered off the internet via Parallel Import companies may not be compliant with the mandatory Cosmetic Group Standard for either labelling information or ingredient restrictions. In such cases consumers should be wary.

The prompt actions taken by CTFA member companies to immediately fix any oversights demonstrates the high level of responsibility that the industry takes in ensuring both legal compliance and to ensuring consumers are fully informed.

Cosmetics sold by our members remain safe and consumers may have confidence in that safety.

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