Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit: Be in control of compliance


The 5th Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit will take place 9-10 October in Barcelona. Cosmetics Business looks at how 2018’s event can help your beauty business keep ahead of the curve when it comes to emerging trends and global regulatory compliance

From 9-10 October in Barcelona, the fifth edition of the Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit will bring together industry leaders to discuss regulatory best practice in the context of the latest beauty trends and innovations worldwide.

Confident about compliance

Compliance is at the heart of the summit and 2018 will offer sessions tailored to both industry newcomers and experienced regulatory professionals looking to keep abreast of the latest developments in cosmetic and horizontal legislation from across the globe.

Sandra Ferretti (Obelis Group) will present an overview of the EU Cosmetics Regulation (1223/2009) and look at the wider implications of the upcoming Brexit, while a speaker from Delphic HSE will refresh attendees' knowledge regarding the role of the Responsible Person under 1223/2009.

Alan Ritchie (WSP) will explain the role and requirements of poison centres, now part of the EU's CLP (classification, labelling and packaging) Regulation, while Delphic HSE will also get to grips with the issue of toxicity testing.

Managing compliance from ingredients to the finished product via digital means will be the theme of the presentation by Ken Bubeck (Ithos). And a highlight of the summit will be a regulatory advisory panel that will discuss the dos and don'ts of marketing claims, a self-regulated area of compliance, but one of vital importance.

The venue

Meliá Barcelona Sky, Carrer de Pere IV, 272, 08005 Barcelona, Spain

The Meliá Barcelona Sky is a modern hotel located in the vibrant district of El Poblenou at the heart of the Avinguda Diagonal.

It is only a few metro stops away Barcelona’s city centre.

Where in the world?

The Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit's popular country focus sessions will provide entry protocols and key updates for major and emerging markets of interest. In addition to Ferretti's EU-focused presentation, these will include:

Indonesia Robert Koller (DKSH) will discuss how to enter the populous Indonesian market with particular focus on the national law on halal cosmetic products.

US The latest changes in US policy will be covered by Ulli Haslacher (Pour Moi Skincare). She will discuss the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), the FDA's Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program and the case for self-regulation.

India With India's cosmetics and personal care market predicted to grow significantly over the next few years, Omprakash Chandrashekar (Vymous Consulting) will address the country's unique regulatory requirements, including labelling for vegetarian and non-vegetarian cosmetic products.

Andean Cosmetic regulations in the South American Andean countries, including Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, will be the theme of Paola Becvar's (CASIA) talk. She will discuss how to overcome any barriers to entry for these growing markets.

Trends catch-up

With new trends you frequently get new compliance issues and the summit will address key influencers of the cosmetics market today. The halal beauty market is growing not only in the Middle East and Asia, but also in the West and Salma Chaudhry (Halal Cosmetics Company) will present an overview of the requirements for halal certification.

Covering social media will be Emma Monks (Crisp Thinking), whose talk will zero in on how to identify sellers of counterfeit goods via social and how to deal with fake reviews. Attendees will discover what they can do to protect their brands' reputations and revenues online.

And, unless you've been in an enchanted sleep, you'll be aware that beauty has been taken over by all things magic and mystical.

While one would hope the sum total of consumers believing their 'unicorn tears' highlighter to contain actual unicorn-derived ingredients is zero, the trend for transformative products with out-of-this-world claims is not going away – so what does this mean for marketing and regulatory? Raphael Sauerwein (KTN Dr. Neuberger) will discuss such outré claims, as well as covering tech-forward issues including smart devices and data protection.

Driving demand for such products is a new breed of young, image-conscious, digitally-native and individualistic consumer; teenagers have been setting the scene that others follow for generations, and 2018's Gen Z will be no different. Namrata Nayyar-Kamdar (Shalohm Ltd) will share her expertise in millennial and Gen Z consumer insights, especially focusing on their demand for companies whose ethical values align with their own.

Ethical claims

The ethical consumer and the way brands can stay accountable will, of course, be another leading topic during the Barcelona summit.

Updates to the EU's pan-industry chemicals regulation REACH will be discussed by Julia Barnes (PETA) from the perspective of its impact on the EU's existing cosmetics animal testing ban.

Indeed, globally, there is a move towards phasing-out animal testing even in countries and regions where it's not yet banned; a speaker from XCellR8 will highlight advances in alternatives to animal testing and illustrate how established safety tests can be combined with exciting new methods.

Demand for natural and organic products has spiked sharply and now there is an ISO standard (ISO 16128) for natural and organic cosmetic ingredients and products, which will help brands communicate their authenticity.

Pilar Garcia Hermosa (Stanpa) will explore recent updates to ISP 16128, covering how brands can comply and where the industry feels there are limitations. For the full agenda and details of how to register visit

Discounts are available for Cosmetics Business subscribers, and for Stanpa, SEQC and Beauty Cluster Barcelona members.

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We would like to thank our Platinum Sponsor, Ithos Global, and our exhibitors, sponsors and partners: Red Points, Delphic HSE, Decernis, XCellR8, Arthur Edward, SEQC, Stanpa and Beauty Cluster Barcelona.

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