BREXIT - what you need to know

mmFollowing the outcome of the Referendum on the United Kingdom’s status in the European Union, CTPA would like to reassure its members, the cosmetics industry at large and of course our millions of consumers that the UK decision to leave the EU does not alter the strict safety laws that govern our cosmetic products.

The UK as of now is still a full member of the EU and the current legal structure will stay unchanged for the time being – indeed, the process of transitioning will take years.  For our cosmetics sector, it means that all existing laws, regulations and guidelines remain in place exactly as they did before the vote – nothing changes.  In particular, it means that all of the cosmetics sold in the UK must continue to comply fully with the European Cosmetic Products Regulation, including requirements relating to safety, labelling and the ban on animal testing. Consumers may have concerns about the ban on animal testing, but we would like to stress that the UK cosmetics industry voluntarily abandoned animal testing seven years ahead of the EU-wide ban, so you can be assured this is not going to change. 

The European Cosmetic Products Regulation is seen globally as a success and many other jurisdictions across the world look to it for inspiration.  It will remain a passport for trade.


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New CTPA Position Paper: ‘Getting the Best from our Future Relationship with the EU’

Last year CTPA published its second position paper on Brexit 'Getting the Best from Exiting the EU' explaining our sector and the need for a transition period and future collaboration with the EU to ensure a smooth Exit.

On 1 June CTPA launched its latest position paper ‘Getting the Best from our Future Relationship with the EU’ focusing on the framework of the future UK/EU relationship. CTPA, as the voice of the British cosmetics industry, is advocating for two important key asks to ensure trade continuity without unnecessary barriers:


  •     Remaining in the Customs Union

A tariff-free and barrier-free market for the export/import of products, raw materials and commodities will be vital to safeguard an efficient supply chain.

  • EU/UK Regulatory Alignment for the Cosmetics Sector by:
    • implementing similar and compatible rules;
    • sharing mutual access to regulatory databases;
    • exchanging information; and
    • establishing administrative co-operation on in-market control post EU Exit.

CTPA is being very proactive with regards to the EU Exit and work is being done at both UK and EU level with sister associations to ensure consistent messaging of the key priorities for the cosmetics industry.

Draft Withdrawal Agreement – Time Limited Implementation Period

On 19 March, the UK and EU negotiating teams agreed the terms of a time-limited implementation period that will operate, if ratified, from the day the UK leaves the EU (29 March 2019) to end of December 2020.

This agreement will have to be endorsed by the March European Council taking place on Friday 23 March 2018.  However, “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” and this is no more than a political agreement. There will be no legal agreement on any aspect until the withdrawal agreement is agreed and ratified at the end of 2018 or early 2019.

CTPA is urging its members to continue to work on contingency planning. 

UK Government Issues White Paper on Brexit

The UK Government published its White Paper on Brexit ‘The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union White Paper’ on 12 July 2018.


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