Be in control of cosmetics compliance at the 2019 Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit

By Julia Wray 31-Jul-2019

The sixth Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit will take place 8-9 October in Barcelona. Cosmetics Business discovers what 2019’s attendees can expect to keep them up-to-date with regulatory changes, especially those affecting trending areas of the beauty business

In this industry, everyone loves a rebel and everyone wants to be the next beauty disruptor – except when it comes to cosmetic regulations. Transgressing in this instance, or even taking your eye off the ball, could cost you your hard-earned reputation and even your business. But at the same time, we all want to break new ground in terms of product content and claims to stay ahead of the pack.

Luckily, the Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit is here to help. This highly regarded beauty calendar event, now in its sixth year, will return to Barcelona on 8-9 October at a new venue: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel.

Regulations by region & country

The two-day summit will begin with Sandra Ferretti (Obelis Group) discussing the regulatory challenges posed by Brexit for both the UK beauty industry and those who sell cosmetics into the UK.

Other geography-led talks will include ‘How to navigate the US market’ by DougMar Consultants’ Sandra Schneider, which will focus on California’s proposed Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act and its potential impact, as well as other updates to US legislation affecting cosmetics and toiletries; and an in-depth session on the ASEAN region’s cosmetics regulatory framework, delivered by Alexandra Egan (Oriflame).

J-beauty will be the focus of Robert Koller from DKSH on day two, who will look at the leading trends in Japan, and the requirements for selling cosmetics in the world’s third-largest cosmetics market, while Delphic HSE will cover everything you need to know about complying with beauty regulations across the Australasian markets.

Navigating trendy topics

At any given time, there will be standout trends shaking up the global market and 2019-20 is no exception – but how to capitalise on these without making spurious claims, or even straying into legally murky waters?

Cannabis cosmetics is a boom area with CBD-containing beauty products creating a buzz worldwide; but with cannabis and cannabis-derived product use subject to multiple laws by country, or even by state, what do you need to know before launching your take on the trend?

At the summit, Olivia Santoni (Bloom Regulatory) will provide delegates with a clear understanding of the legal status of CBD and claims substantiation requirements worldwide.

Personalisation really took off in 2018 and now everyone wants to deliver a bespoke experience for their customers. But how can brands meet product registration requirements when the finished product composition varies from consumer to consumer?

This will be a standout theme at the Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit in 2019, as will understanding the wellness trend. Here, Anni Hood (Well Business Solutions) will provide a solid understanding of best practice when making claims for cosmetics grounded in wellness.

The topic of the effects of the exposome on skin health and ageing are only garnering more attention, with blue light protection messaging, in particular, finding its way onto packs across the sun care and skin care categories. But what must a product deliver to be able to make this promise? Jordan Pekov (Lonza) will present on this topic on the second day of the summit.

Natural and organic certification will be the topic of a Panel Discussion on day two, while another key trend, the move towards vegan cosmetics, will be covered from a testing angle at the summit.

Although many consumers now seek products that eschew animal-derived ingredients, few end consumers are aware that not all cruelty-free lab tests for cosmetics are vegan, with some using animal-derived materials.

With this in mind, Carol Treasure (XCellR8) will present ‘Taking the sting out of mildness testing’, which will provide an update on the development of a new vegan-friendly in vitro model for predicting skin mildness, while Ben Elmadi will discuss a Vegan Society-approved microbiological testing method from MSL.

The product lifecycle

Ensuring compliance and best practice throughout the product lifecycle can be a challenge, so, this year, the Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit will have an in-depth review of sustainability and the supply chain, with Gary Parker (Intertek) looking at the standards, claims and brand protections of which cosmetics companies should be aware.

Last year, Greenpeace launched its Rang-tan campaign encouraging brands to stop using 'dirty' palm oil

Further to this, the RSPO will present on ‘Transforming the palm oil industry and sustainable sourcing in the cosmetics sector’, asking how companies involved at every stage of the palm oil-derived product process can work to ensure the palm oil that makes its way into cosmetic products is sustainable?

Aerosols will also get their due with Dorota Keczmerska (Volcke Aerosol Connection) discussing the definitions, regulations and the very particular safety assessment criteria for aerosol products across Europe and the US.

Finally, the importance of market surveillance – ie the rigorous collection and analysis of data (including quality complaints and reported adverse effects) once a product is available on shelf – will be addressed by Josep Tous (Product Safety Management).

For the full agenda and details of how to register visit

Discounts are available for Cosmetics Business subscribers, and for CASIC, Stanpa, SEQC and Beauty Cluster Barcelona members. Email to claim your discount.

We would like to thank our exhibitors and sponsors: MSL, XCellR8, Mile High Labs, Cosmedesk, Ayton Global Research and Ithos Global.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit, please contact Carolina Quintana on For any other queries, please contact Jemma Stanworth on

The 2018 conference hosted over 100 regulatory and marketing professionals from the cosmetics industry

Venue: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, Plaça d’Espanya, 6-8, 08014 Barcelona, Spain

The Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel is a complete business and leisure hotel close to Fira de Barcelona. The hotel is equipped with a swimming pool and panoramic terrace, gym, private parking and 13 meeting rooms.

To book your accommodation, please visit

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