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In 1995, COLIPA (the European Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association) introduced guidelines for the safety, alternative testing procedures, public education and cosmetics good manufacturing practices of cosmetic companies trading in European Union (EU) member countries. 

Today, the COLIPA EU Cosmetics Directive represents the interests of more than 2000 responsible cosmetic manufacturers ranging from large corporations to small, family-run businesses.

Any cosmetic product must be registered by COLIPA before being marketed in the EU. Prior to approving COLIPA registration, inspectors in each European Union Member State review cosmetic safety assessments for new products and check products already on the market. An audit against COLIPA requirements is an important first step for companies wishing to trade cosmetics products in the EU marketplace. SGS has earned a global reputation for conducting comprehensive audits against a number of international cosmetics safety directives, including COLIPA.

Highly qualified, independent SGS auditors conduct comprehensive audits of your products and your good manufacturing practices against COLIPA requirements to ensure compliance before you apply for registration of your cosmetics products.

The cosmetics industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the European economy. An SGS audit against COLIPA safety requirements (1995) gives you confidence that your cosmetics products will find a successful niche in EU markets.