Regulatory frameworks in the world's biggest cosmetics markets might be similar, but differences can make international trade tricky.
A team out of Portugal, Ferreira et al., recently published an article in Cosmetics reviewing today’s international regulatory framework for cosmetics products, including laws and regulations in the US, EU, Canada, Brazil, China and Japan.
While some of the frameworks are similar between markets, some notable differences and disconnects exist.
“Rather than asking if global harmonization is possible, the question might be ‘Is it necessary?’” Ferreira et al. said. “The legislative measures of the six regions considered in this work are in fact different, affecting international trade, among other issues.”