Guidance

Fragrance ingredients present in final formulations are covered by this KPI, other formulation ingredients and sales packaging are to be excluded from consideration.


For this KPI, the list of allergens is defined as those identified by the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS/1459/11) which are currently listed in Annex III, entries 67-92, int he EU Cosmetic Products Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.  Disclosure must occur for these ingredients when used above the threshold levels listed in the EU regulation (0.001% in leave-on products, 0.01% in rinse-off products).


  • For B1, disclosure via a publicly accessible website (desktop or mobile) must occur through manufacturer-based efforts and not via third party websites or services.
  • For B2, disclosure that is electronically available at shelf includes mobile apps, SmartLabel, and disclosure through QR codes.  Electronic disclosure via these means must occur through manufacturer-based efforts and not via third party websites or services.
  • For C, the concentration of allergens in the final product must be below the threshold set by the EU Cosmetics Products Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 (0.001% in leave-on products, 0.01% in rinse-off products).
  • For C, online disclosure includes publicly accessible websites (desktop or mobile) as well as making ingredient information electronically available at shelf (e.g. via SmartLabel, QR code, or mobile apps).  Electronic disclosure via these means must occur through manufacturer-based efforts and not via third party websites or services.

Resources

Grocery Manufacturer's Association - SmartLabel:  SmartLabel provides a standardized approach for the ingredient disclosure of food, home, and personal care products to consumers.  Ingredient information is accessible via manufacturer-based websites, QR codes on packages, or from the SmartLabel website.


SCCS/1459/11:  The Scientific Committee on Consumers Safety (SCCS) Opinion on Fragrance Allergens in Cosmetic Products was adopted by the SCCS at its 13th plenary meeting in 2011.  This opinion provides the background and scientific information that was used to assess the 26 allergens that require disclosure on pack when used in cosmetic products above specific concentrations.


EU Cosmetic Products Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009:  REGULATION (EC) NO 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on Cosmetic Products (Recast) provides the regulatory requirements for cosmetic products for sale in the EU.  Aspects of regulation include safety justification, maintenance of a product information file, and restriction of hazardous ingredients.


Definitions

Allergen:  A chemical that induces an allergic immune system response in sensitized individuals, typically by dermal or inhalation exposure.


Fragrance and flavor:  Defined by SCCS:  "Fragrance and flavor substances are organic compounds with characteristic, usually pleasant, odours.  They are ubiquitously used in perfumes and other perfumed cosmetic products, but also in detergents, fabric softeners, and other household products where fragrance may be used to mask unpleasant odours from raw materials."  Fragrances can be composed of natural or synthetic ingredients.


Public disclosure:  The act of making information available and readily accessible to consumers.