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A New Tax for Cosmetics in France

By: Claire Thévenin
Posted: June 1, 2012, from the June 2012 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Cosmed (founded in 2000) now has 620 members, representing 18,000 jobs and sales of €3.8 billion.

Brussels Publishes “Clarification” on Organic and Natural Standards

As the natural and organic cosmetics sector continues to grow, the European Commission issued a clarification, noting that there is no European harmonized standard. In other words, private certification bodies should not advertise their services as such, since, per the European Commission decision, this contributes to misleading information for the consumer and disruption of the internal market. Though specific certification bodies have not been named, the COSMOS and NaTrue standards/certifications are the two that will certainly be impacted in Europe.

When asked why such a late clarification was made, and with COSMOS and NaTrue standards/certifications far from recent news, a spokesperson for the EC told GCI, “The commission received several questions related to the existing standards. These questions drew our attention to the fact that some private standards were presented as ‘the’ European standard. In order to avoid any misunderstanding, we considered this [clarification] necessary.”

At present, in the absence of a specific regulatory framework for natural and organic cosmetics, the industry must wait for the output of two working groups: the European Commission/DG SANCO (Health and Consumers) regarding claims and that of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) on a standard for natural and organic cosmetics.

Cosmetics Europe Exhibition at the European Parliament

Colipa (The European Cosmetics Association) changed its name in January 2012, to Cosmetics Europe—The Personal Care Association for more clarity (in its mission and role in Europe.) The organization also celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012, and marked the achievement during an exhibition in May at the European Parliament, Brussels, with the theme “Science, Beauty and Care—Looking to Future Generations. Sustainability in the Cosmetics Industry.” Illustrated examples of how the cosmetics industry contributes to sustainability in the economic, social and environmental spheres were presented.