Packaging

The Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products introduced the obligation to evaluate the packaging that rose to the role of component as it can affect the safety of the product.
The packaging plays many roles and functions, like the protection, the dosage, the communication (labelling), as well as the materials with which the packaging are made can influence the safety with the migration of substances. So, even if the importance of packaging in the Safety Assessment is clear, the introduction of the packaging information and evaluation in the Safety Report brought the Safety Assessors and the Responsible Persons in the “world” of packaging and materials in contact with cosmetics (mainly plastics). 
The cosmetic companies from the beginning understood that the packaging can be seen as a kind of “atypical” ingredient, for the technologies and the laws involved. Since the 2010-2013 the exchange of information between cosmetic companies and packaging suppliers improved, but 3 years after the definitive application of the 1223/2009 EC that issue is still affected by lack of information, grey areas and doubts. For these reasons an European Task Force is going to develop a Guideline on exchanging information and safety evaluation on cosmetic packaging. The session presents an overview on rules and guidelines and practical skills.

References:
1. REGULATION (EC) No 1223/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products
2. COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION of 25 November 2013 on Guidelines on Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products (2013/674/EU) 
3. REGULATION (EC) No 1935/2004 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food 
4. COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 10/2011
of 14 January 2011
on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food 

Presented by Dr. Matteo Zanotti Russo, Italy