Europe – Cosmetics testing: OCCL network

Ten years at the service of consumer safety in Europe: over 600 analytical methods for cosmetics testing, 20 studies, 50 laboratories and more expected to join

The experts of the European Committee for Cosmetics and Consumer Health (CD-P-COS) and the members of the Network of Official Cosmetics Control Laboratories (OCCLs) held a virtual meeting on 22 and 23 June to define steps for advancing consumer protection in Europe and for reinforcing cross-border co-operation and independent cosmetics testing. The meeting also marked the 10th anniversary of the Network of Official Cosmetics Control Laboratories (OCCLs), which supports laboratories across Europe and beyond in developing their market surveillance and enhancing product testing capacity.

The OCCL Network began operations in 2010 with nine official laboratories. Today it comprises over 50, based in 29 countries in Europe and beyond. Its database for analytical methods applied in cosmetics testing now contains more than 600 entries, of which 515 for physico-chemical testing, 100 for microbiological testing and 16 for biological testing. More than 20 major collaborative projects have been carried out within the network, covering UV filters in sunscreen products, parabens in lipsticks, allergens in lotions, “perfume-free” cosmetics and cosmetics for children…