Note: Membership of this Guild is entirely voluntary and not
being registered as a member is not an indication
of whether a crafter is in compliance with the relevant
Why is the Legislation important?
The legislation sets standards. It ensures that every ingredient in
handcrafted soap & toiletry products is safe to use on the human
body in a wash-on wash-off product like soap, or in lotions which
may stay on the skin of long periods of time. Some ingredients are banned
because they've been found by scientific testing to be potentially
harmful. Other products are banned or restricted because they are
potential allergens. The aim of the legislation is to protect the
general public and the craft soap & toiletry maker. The
legislation is law, anyone manufacturing soap and toiletry products
who does not ensure that they do so in compliance with the
legislation risks being prosecuted.
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Our contact at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), formerly the DTI, has reminded us of the requirement of advising them prior to putting products on the market. For cosmetic notifications send to email@example.com
Amendments to legislation
Several members have been in touch regarding the fast approaching amendment to the regulations - We are grateful to Tony Eden-Brown (BIS Chemicals and Product Regulations) for the following links to the latest available guidance, below is a transcript from a recent email:
You should also be aware of the European Cosmetics Regulation which comes into force on 11 July 2013.
The European web-site gives a lot of further detail
In particular the transitional provisions,
which relate to CMR substances, and nano-materials, but for most manufacturers primarily to notification requirement on the European Commission database, the CPNP
Products notified under this, do not have to be notified to the UK competent authority under the Cosmetics Directive.
How can I tell if products have been safety tested?
The seller should be able to produce evidence that their products have been tested by an authorised safety assessor. These certificates are generally issued by a laboratory. The seller may not be willing to provide copies as these certificates sometimes contain information about the product formula which remains their intellectual property. generally though an ingredients list should appear on each product if wrapped or be provided if the product is being cut on order, such as from a soap loaf for example. Its also a useful indicator that a seller holds product liability insurance as insurance companies would not be able to insure products that do not meet the standards set by current legislation.
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