Email to UEAPME

A copy of the email we sent in October 2013 that obviously wasn’t worthy of a response:

From: Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers [mailto:info@gcstm.co.uk]
Sent: 15 October 2013 15:52
To: ‘info@ueapme.com’
Subject: Craft soap and toiletry makers

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to introduce the Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers. We
are a UK based peer support group whose aim is to raise awareness of
the Cosmetics Products Safety Regulations and to register as members
applicants who can evidence that they hold safety assessments for their
products. Members are also required to register with the CPNP and to
hold appropriate insurance for their business activities. Membership
is free and open to any EU based crafter meeting the criteria.

Prior to the recent update in the regulations in July 2013 our
membership was over 380 (and growing) crafters and SME’s, all compliant
with the regulations. Since the updated regulations came into force we
have seen our membership drop to under 200 as over 180 of our former
members have had to cease trading. This was as a direct result of
increased costs and regulatory burden imposed by the new regulations.
This was something that our own BIS was confident would not happen when
we raised concerns with them. We have found official channels very
uncoordinated and have been left to find out information affecting
members futures on an ad hoc basis. Relying on volunteers and not
having a budget, this has not always been easy. For example now that we
have evidence of real damage to SME employment BIS are no longer
responding to correspondence from us.

I understand that you have been liaising with regard to the SME
guidelines shortly to be issued by the European Commission? I would be
grateful if you could add us to your distribution list so that we can
keep our members and other interested crafters informed. Although our
membership is relatively modest, posts on our face book page relating
on the regulations have attracted up to 8000 views, indicating a high
level of interest. Understandably there are high levels of anxiety
among crafters about any future changes to the regulations that may
because further damage to the industry. There is a very real danger
that the craft industry will be destroyed unless crafters are properly
consulted and their concerns taken into account going forward.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course,

kind regards,

Mike

Michael O’Sullivan
Registrar
Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers
Suite 306, Kemp House
152-160 City Road
London EC1V 2NX

www.gcstm.co.uk