JRC developed guidelines for the analysis of cosmetics

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a pragmatic approach (guidelines) for the validation and harmonisation of analytical methods used for market surveillance. EU legislation establishes the requisites they put on the market and for selecting the most appropriate method for their production, quality control, storage and shipment, whereas the EU National for cosmetic products and the responsibilities of stakeholders. Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety of the products Competent Authorities shall ensure the analytical control of the products in the frame of market surveillance. The analysis of cosmetics is challenging due to the large variety of ingredients and formulations, leading to massive matrix complexity and variability. Also, EU legislation establishes that “the sampling and analysis of cosmetic products shall be performed in a reliable and reproducible manner”. Upon request of the Technical Committee 392 of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN/TC 392 – Cosmetics), the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) developed guidelines and provided advice on an appropriate approach for method validation to allow the analysis of cosmetic products in the frame of Art. 12 of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and the Council. The document describes a pragmatic approach, not only for validation of methods necessary for market surveillance of cosmetics but also for further standardisation of the methods if deemed necessary. It was discussed and endorsed by the three main stakeholders who are active in the field of cosmetics analysis, namely the Platform of European Market Surveillance Authorities for Cosmetics’ Analytical Methods Group (PEMSAC AM), set up by the European Commission, the Official Cosmetics Control Laboratories (OCCL) Network, created by the Council of Europe – European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM) and CEN/TC 392 ‘Cosmetics’. Further details are available at: JRC Guidelines for 1) Selecting and/or validating analytical methods for cosmetics 2) Recommending standardisation steps for analytical methods for cosmetics

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