CTFA holds conference over new compliance code

By Louise Prance

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Cosmetics

Industry trade group, The Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance
Association (CTFA) is holding a conference in New Jersey, US in
November in order to drive home the impact that its new commitment
code will have for cosmetic based companies.

The conference will be geared towards helping the companies design and implement different programs and procedures in order to conform to the new code.

In order to further support the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) and to validate its website claim that it promotes 'industry self-regulation and reasonable governmental requirements', the CTFA is giving all member companies a deadline of January 1 2007 to 'certify compliance' to the code.

The code dictates that all CTFA members ensure their cosmetic products have sufficient safety information, to report any 'serious or unexpected' adverse effects to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and finally to make all ingredient and product safety data available to the FDA.

Different approaches for adopting the code will be analyzed at the conference, from differing perspectives, with the CTFA stating that: 'we will view it from the perspective of the ingredient suppliers/purchasers and private label manufacturers/formulation purchasers'.

The event will see Executive vice president-legal & general counsel of The CTFA, Elizabeth Anderson, speak about past experiences of the code, providing an insight into why the code is important to the cosmetic industry.

Numerous guest presenters will be attending in order to discuss how to implement the code, whilst exploring the two main themes of the conference - how the code impacts the relationship between ingredient suppliers and ingredient purchases and the relationship between private label manufacturers and marketers who buy formulations.

The CTFA, which provides a range of services to try and ensure that the personal care industry has 'the freedom to pursue creative product development and compete in a fair and responsible marketplace', has over 600 members, including cosmetic giants, L'Oreal, Aveda, Clairol and Unilever.

These companies compliance of the new code looks set to enhance their brand profiles more to safety conscious consumers.

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