The EPA in New Zealand has updated a number of 2017 Group Standards including the Cosmetic Products Group Standard.

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The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in New Zealand has updated a number of 2017 Group Standards, including Cosmetic Products Group Standard. These Group Standards have been in place since December 1, 2017.

As described in section 4(2), the Cosmetic Products Group Standard 2017 applies to any substance imported or manufactured for use as a cosmetic product, where that cosmetic product classifies as hazardous according to the hazard classification criteria as set out in the Hazardous Substances (Classification) Notice 2017. Nevertheless, it excludes any substance/products if it contains the followings:

  • Asbestos

  • Any chemical that is a persistent organic pollutant within the definition in section 2 of the Act

  • Any chemical that exhibits the characteristics of a persistent organic pollutant as set out in paragraph 1 of Annex D to Schedule 1AA of the Act

  • Any component banned by the International Fragrance Association as set out in the IFRA Code of Practice

  • Any substance that is intended to be ingested, inhaled, injected or implanted into the human body

  • Any substance that is prohibited in the Schedules, or does not fulfil the restriction or condition as required in the Schedules

Schedules 4 to 8, including the prohibition list, restriction list, list of colorants, list of preservatives, list of UV filters, are now separated as individual documents. Provided with a transition period, the labeling, safety data sheet and packaging requirements from the previous Cosmetic Products Group Standard 2006 can continue to be followed until December 1, 2021.

Source of Information:

  1. Notice from Environmental Protection Authority on 2017 Group Standards [1]

  2. Cosmetic Products Group Standard 2017 – HSR002552 [2]

  3. Cosmetic Products Group Standard – Additional Schedules [3]

Next step:

The industry shall be aware of the new group standard 2017 and be prepared for any necessary changes to the products.

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