Post-Brexit, EU Cosmetics Regulation Will Remain ‘Passport For Trade’
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The future of cosmetics regulation in the UK may be among the least of uncertainties in the aftermath of Brexit.
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Developed in partnership with its members, the UK-based Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association’s position paper on Brexit implications seeks negotiated terms that would ensure minimal business disruption for industry. However, one of its priorities – to remain in the EU Customs Union – already is in serious doubt, with UK leadership angling for a “hard exit” from the bloc.
UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee recommends “a legislative ban on the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and other toiletries,” with no mention of restricting prohibitions along microbead-function or product-category lines. Environmental NGOs are pushing for a broader ban than that in the US and seem to have lawmakers’ ear.