Congress Program

 Monday, 22 October 2018




Official Opening 
Gideon Elkayam, ERPA Chairman, Belgium


Session I: 5 Years of EU Regulation
Sandra Ferretti,
Obelis, Belgium
Zoran Gavric, The Regulatory Company, Netherlands


5 Years Since the Implementation of the EU Regulation 1223/2009/EC

  • Why was the Regulation needed?
  • What changed with the Regulation?
  • What remains unclear?
Sandra Ferretti, Obelis, Belgium


The Safety of Cosmetics After the Implementation of the Cosmetic Regulation

  • What improvements did the authorities perceive since the implementation of the Regulation?
  • Are cosmetic products in the EU safer since the implementation of the Regulation?
  • Are imported products inspected differently than products manufactured in the EU?

Els Vrindts, Federal Public Service of Health, Belgium

 What is Next?
  • On what challenges is the Commission and the European Authorities working on?
  • What changes should be expected in the next years for the manufacturers (EU & non-EU), importers, distributors, RPs and users?
Ewa Paszkowska-Oudin, European Commission Representative, Belgium 

 Coffee Break, Networking and Visit the Exhibition


Session II: Cosmetics Regulation and Other Laws
Sandra Ferretti, 
Obelis, Belgium
Zoran Gavric, The Regulatory Company, Netherlands


 Borderline Products
  • How to classify borderline products?
  • Classical borderline products wrongly classified
  • Hint and tricks in product classification
  • Are products sometimes purposely wrongly classified due to commercial matters?
Zoran Gavric, The Regulatory Company, Netherlands


REACh Role in the Cosmetics Regulation
  • What need manufacturers, Responsible Persons, importers to know about REACh when dealing with cosmetic products?
  • An overview on REACH and its implications on cosmetic products compliancy on the EU market
Francesco GregoriniCEPRA, Italy

What Other Laws could Apply to Cosmetics?
  • Should I consider specific transportation rules?
  • What do I do if my product is an aerosol?
  • How is CLP related to cosmetics?
Peter Bursch, CoSiChem, Germany

  12:30-13:00 How to de-risk a false positive in vitro genotoxicity test?
  • Is testing of cosmetic ingredients for genotoxicity important?
  • What is a false positive result in genotoxicity testing?
  • What to do in case of a positive in vitro test in a cosmetic genotoxicity 2-test battery?
Vera Rogiers, Brussels University, Belgium


Lunch Break, Networking and Visit the Exhibition
One-on-One Meetings with Speakers


Session III: Technical Challenges Related to Cosmetic Products
Sandra Ferretti, 
Obelis, Belgium
Zoran Gravic, The Regulatory Company, Netherlands

 14:00-14:30 Microbiome and the Skin: Beauty and the Beast
  • What is it?
  • How is it related to cosmetic products?
  • What would be the relevant claims and the claim support needed?
Joachim W. Fluhr, Charite University, Germany


Bespoke Products - Do they Need to be Regulated?

  • What are the Regulatory challenges to place on the EU market bespoke products?
  • What technical information is needed?
  • Is an RP needed?
  • What about products manufactured at the sales point or by the user at home?
Helena Eixarch, TSG Company, UK

 Microbiology Challenges with Cosmetic Products

  • Which type of cosmetics are more prone to microbiological problems?
  • What are usual microbiological challenges of cosmetic products and how to fix them?
Ben Elmadi, MSL Company, UK


Coffee Break, Networking and Visit the Exhibition


Session III: Technical Challenges Related to Cosmetic
 Products (cont.)

Sandra Ferretti, 
Obelis, Belgium
Zoran Gravic, The Regulatory Company, Netherlands


When are Challenge Tests Needed and When not?

    • What is a Challenge Test?
    • Do all cosmetics need a Challenge Test?
    • How many times should I do a Challenge Test during a cosmetics' lifetime?
    • Under which conditions should a Challenge Test be repeated?
    • Can I run this test internally?
    Dimitris Melissos, QACS, Greece

    The Cosmetics Europe Preservative Strategy
    • Cosmetic and personal care products need preservation to ensure the that product does not spoil or become unsafe for the consumer to use. 
    • The way in which cosmetic products are preserved is dependent on many factors such as the product formulation, consumer storage and use, type of packaging and the type of micro-organisms that could enter the product during usage
    • The Cosmetics Europe’s Product Preservation Programme is focusing on reinforcing the importance of Product Preservation (wide concept) with stakeholders and in particular ensuring that Industry has a wide and sustainable palette of preservative ingredients for the future.
    Sylvain Bougoin, Cosmetic Europe, Belgium
    End of Day 1
    Gideon Elkayam, ERPA, Chairman


    Tuesday, 23 October 2018





    Session III: Technical Challenges Related to Cosmetic Products  (cont.)
    Alina Nanu,
    Eurofins Evic Product Testing, Romania

     09:00-09:30 Is my Stability Test Correct?
    • How do I choose my Stability Test protocol?
    • Do I always need a Stability Test or are there alternatives?
    • Do I always need to run Stability Test with a certified lab?
    Yiannis Kepetanstratakis, QACS, Greece


    When to use TTC as a Risk Assessment Tool for Impurities in a Cosmetic Formulation?

    • What is TTC and when to apply it?
    • Are the available exposure databases good enough for cosmetic application?
    • Some practical calculation examples
    Vera Rogiers, Brussels University. Belgium


    Heavy Metals in Cosmetic Products

    • What heavy metals are not allowed in cosmetics?
    • Which type of cosmetic products have more heavy metals?
    • How to test for heavy metals?
    • Which standard to use?
    • Which acceptance levels should be followed?
    • How can I justify the heavy metals in my product?
    Ezme Hopkins, CoSiChem, Germany



    • What are microplastics?
    • Types of microplastics
    • What are the risks of using microplastics?
    • How are microplastics used in personal care products?
    • What are the prons and the cons?
    • Are there alternatives to microplastics?
    John Chave, Cosmetics Europe, Belgium


    Coffee Break, Networking and Visit the Exhibition


    Session IV: Tricks and Hints on Cosmetics Claims
    Alina Nanu, 
    Eurofins Evic Product Testing, Romania


    Safety “claims” – what is Conveniently Overlooked (Marketing vs. Science)

    • What are safety "claims"?
    • How to combine marketing and science?
    Alina Nanu, Eurofins Evic Product Testing, Romania


    How to Combine Marketing and Science?

    • The cosmetic efficacy of a product must often be demonstrated by specific support tests.
    • The consumer is more and more attentive to the demonstration of claims that are claimed.
    • The tests that are conducted thus become important and irreplaceable elements of communication to consumers on which they base their credibility and their expectations on the performance of the product.
    • In carrying out a test one must consider this attention of consumers and provide the marketing to achieve valid communication tools.
    Leonardo Celleno, Catholic University of Rome, Italy

    Cosmetic Claims: Practical Implementation of the Legal Provisions
    • Which regulatory criteria apply and how to interpret them?
    • What about "natural", "vegan", "free of" claims?
    • Technical document on cosmetic claims (version of 3 July 2017)
    Joelle Meunier, Belgium Ministry of Health, Belgium


    Lunch Break, Networking and Visit the Exhibition


    Session V: GDPR
    Alina Nanu, 
    Eurofins Evic Product Testing, Romania


    The Impact of GDPR in the Cosmetics Field

    • What is GDPR - general overview
    • What are the GDPR requirements applicable for the cosmetics regulatory framework? E.g., related to handling data from claims, vigilance cases, clinical trials... by the different operators (manufacturer, RP, importer, distributor)
    • What you need to do to be GDPR compliant?
    Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, Hogan Lovells, France


    Session VI: Good Manufacturing Practices in Cosmetics
    Alina Nanu, 
    Eurofins Evic Product Testing, Romania


    Safety Assessment Reports, Safety Modules

    • Safety Assessment Report possible conclusions
    • What happens when information is missing? The role of the SA and the role of the RP
    • Risk management conducted by the CA
    Karin Gromann, Austrian Ministry of Health, Austria

    Coffee Break, Networking and Visit the Exhibition


    Session VII: Nanotechnology in Cosmetics
    Alina Nanu, 
    Eurofins Evic Product Testing, Romania


    Where are we with the Nanomaterials in Cosmetics?

    • What has been done so far in regard to nanomaterials in cosmetics?
    • What nanomaterials are allowed in cosmetics?
    • How to have your nanomaterial approved to be used in cosmetic products?
    • What are the benefits and disadvantages of nanomaterials?
    David Carlander, Nanotechnology Industries Association, Belgium

     One-on-One Meeting with Speakers


    Closing Remarks
    Gideon Elkayam, ERPA Chairman