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London Glam: A Worry Society? CTPA Annual Business Forum

By: Jane Evison
Posted: August 28, 2008, from the February 2007 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Afternoon speakers included Emma Meredith, MD, of CTPA, and Florian Schellauf of Colipa, focusing on upcoming issues for key ingredients, while Gerhard Nohynek, MD, of L’Oréal assessed the risk of nanotechnology in cosmetic products. Mike Brown, MD, of Boots reviewed the European Commission’s recommendation on labeling and testing for sunscreens and other current issues for the sun care sector. Bob Hefford, MD, explored the differences in meeting regulatory challenges between small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and multinationals.

External stakeholders were present on day two, which addressed risk, consumer perceptions, media and regulators. CTPA chairman John Ballington drew attention to the importance of consumer confidence by posing the question that business, society and the authorities have to tackle—who do we trust?

The round table forum, led by Tracey Brown of Sense About Science, debated the lack of scientific understanding in the population at large and its misrepresentation in the press that leads to a “worry society.” The industry needs to grab hold of the issues and promote the benefits versus the risks and capitalize on the slow backlash against the nanny state and regulation.

Bertil Heerink of Colipa led a discussion on the politics of global business, giving the Colipa perspective on the impact of the Cosmetics Directive and REACH. Panel contributors covered communicating with the consumer, walking the line with a retailer and an approach to chemical management.

Advertising claims for cosmetic products and the self-regulatory system managed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) was the subject of the final session. The CTPA and its advertising claims group engaged in a dialogue with ASA representatives to develop a joint understanding of what is required to support a claim, focusing initially on skin care. Scientists gave a series of presentations at a seminar in September to demonstrate the science behind cumulative moisturization, a principle that had not been accepted by the ASA and its experts. The ASA now accepts this principle, using the forum to give its assessment of progress to date and clarify some issues in the panel debate.