24 May WHAT IS A COSMETIC PRODUCT SAFETY REPORT?
Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) – Like most things in business, the cosmetics industry is governed by rules and regulations. These are designed to monitor and manage the way that our industry works, and to ensure that we conduct ourselves in a responsible manner. Societal welfare, and the protection of consumers, and even animals, is what it’s all about.
As an industry, we all have to be socially responsible citizens. And probably more so because we work so closely with people, in their very personal spaces. The products that we recommend, sell, and even treat with, have consequences for personal health and safety. For this reason, we have the CPSR.
REGULATION AND REPORTS
(EC) No 1223/2009 is the regulation that governs the cosmetic industry in the EU. Article 3 of this regulation states that “a cosmetic product made available on the market shall be safe for human health when used under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use”.
Article 3 therefore requires that no cosmetic product may be introduced and marketed in the EU, unless it is supported by a Product Safety Report (PSR), completed by a Cosmetic Safety Assessor, demonstrating that it is safe to use.
The Cosmetic Product Safety Report is the most important element of the Product Information File (PIF) for any cosmetic product. The report is comprehensive in nature and includes multiple modules. These should be readily available and retrievable, as well as easy to understand.
The CPSR report contains two distinct parts:
PART A: COSMETIC PRODUCT SAFETY REPORT INFORMATION
This module consists of ten different sections, that contain data relating to the safety assessment of the cosmetic product, including:
- Composition of the cosmetic product: qualitative and quantitative
- Stability of the cosmetic product and its characteristics; both chemical and physical
- Microbiological specifications of the cosmetic product
- Information about the packaging material, such as impurities, traces of prohibited ingredients etc.
- Foreseeable use of the product
- Exposure to the cosmetic product and its secondary exposure routes
- Exposure to the substances
- Toxicological effects of the ingredients
- Undesirable effects and serious undesirable effects
- Data related to the cosmetic product
This module contains four sections, and consists of notes from the Cosmetic Safety Assessor, relating to the safety of the product. These are:
- Conclusion of the safety assessment
- Instructions and warnings regarding the usage and labelling of the product
- Assessor’s credentials and approval of part B
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING PRODUCT TESTING?
The owner of the cosmetic brand is the person or entity responsible for ensuring that all regulations are followed, that the product is tested by a qualified professional, and that the required report is secured.
This applies whether the product is made in the owner’s laboratory, subcontracted to another manufacturer, or bought from an overseas source.
WHO CONDUCTS THE CPSA?
Only suitably qualified professionals may conduct a product safety assessment
The qualified safety assessor must have a university diploma, or other formal qualification in pharmacy, toxicology, medicine or similar qualification that is recognised as equivalent, by a Member State.
There are agencies who specialise in providing professional cosmetic product development and testing services.
ABOUT COSMETIC WORKS
We are an independent formulating and regulatory service company who can manage all stages of your product development from concept to market in a stress free manner.
The team at Cosmetics Works consists of cosmetic formulators, scientists and toxicologists with experience in related industries, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, animal care, nutrition, herbal medicine, safety testing and risk assessments.
We are trained cosmetic safety and risk assessors as well as experienced formulators with knowledge and experience in all aspects of cosmetic development, testing and regulations.