As part of a push for more transparent trade policies, the European Commission has published nine proposals from the 14th round of trade agreement talks with the United States. The proposals stem from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), an agreement aimed at prompting international competitiveness, jobs and growth.
The nine proposals detail the European Union’s (EU’s) negotiating position for regulatory cooperation in the areas of cosmetics, financial services, chemicals, engineering, medical devices, textiles, motor vehicles, climate, energy and raw materials, and institutional general and financial provisions. While the EU and United States have separate systems for regulating cosmetics, the EU has noted that T-TIP could potentially benefit both the industry and consumers by allowing regulators to collaborate in areas such as product safety.
The EU Proposal for an Annex on Cosmetics includes general principles and objectives including “improving, and not reducing, undermining or otherwise compromising the level of protection” in areas such as consumer and public health. The objectives include promotion of the following: “a) convergence of technical requirements and relevant standards applicable to products falling under the scope of this Annex; b) alignment of ingredients labelling; c) use of validated alternative methods to animal testing; d) existing multilateral and bilateral regula- tory cooperation relating to regulation of products falling under the scope of this Annex; e) cooperation on the review and assessment of ingredients subject to market authorization; f) cooperation on new and emerging issues and on any other matter of common interest to the Parties” and “g) cooperation related to safety assessment methodologies.”
Published July 14, 2016, the Annex defines “cosmetic product” as, “any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body…or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours.” The EU and United States must reach an agreement before it is finalized.