International standards: ISO and cosmetics

International standards: ISO and cosmetics

17 Oct 2018, 12:30 - 13:15

Marketing Trends & Regulations Theatre 2

It is no exaggeration to state, “The personal care products industry is truly global”. As a simple demonstration all you need do is stop by the cosmetics counter the next time you are shopping. You will quickly find American, European or Asian based companies selling products manufactured around the world. Thus the cosmetic industry has long strived to advance international harmonization.

In today’s presentation Dr. Ansell will focus on one such effort: ISO and in particular ISO Technical Committee-217 Cosmetics. Established in 2000, today ISO TC-217 has issued twenty eight (28) international standards and technical reports in the areas of Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry, GMPs, Sunscreen methods, Terminology and Packaging and Labeling.

This talk will look at history of ISO, the standard writing process and highlight a number of important Standards which are explicitly or implicitly referenced by regulatory authorities such as ISO 22716: Cosmetic GMPs and ISO 24444: In vivo determination of the sun protection factor (SPF) and those we expect will become increasingly important in the future like ISO 16128: Guidelines on technical definitions and criteria for natural and organic cosmetic ingredients and products -- Part 1: Definitions for ingredients & Part 2: Criteria for ingredients and products.


  • Jay M. Ansell, PhD, DABT


    Vice President

    Personal Care Products Council

    Dr Ansell joined the Personal Care Products Council (formerly CTFA) in May 2006 and is Vice President - Cosmetic Programs where he is responsible for...

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