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Consumer health: activities & latest developments

Line of cosmeticsIn the field of consumer health, the EDQM coordinates the activities of two Steering Committees covering cosmetics and food contact materials. These activities contribute to the protection of consumers by establishing health standards that ensure the safety of cosmetics and food contact materials across the continent.

Both Committees are composed of representatives of countries which are parties to the Convention on the elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia. These representatives have specific expertise to take responsibility for the implementation of consumer health protection policies and programmes in their countries. With its coordinator role, the EDQM ensures close co-operation with equivalent bodies in other international institutions, in particular with the European Commission (EC) and its European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

These Committees and the terms of reference for their work have been established by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.


Cosmetics and consumer health

The Committee for cosmetics and consumer health (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-COS)* develops standards and policies for improving the protection of consumers’ health in the field of cosmetics. In Europe, cosmetics control is strengthened through a common work programme run across a pan-European network of Official Cosmetics Control Laboratories (OCCLs) coordinated by the EDQM. The network is also open to OCCLs from non-European observers to the European Pharmacopoeia Commission.

This Committee is currently focusing on ensuring participation of national OCCLs in its pan-European network and is expanding further its database of test results for childcare and children cosmetics. It is also working on the safety of tattoos by proposing recommendations on safety measures.

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Food contact materials and articles

The Committee for food contact materials and articles (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-MCA)* develops standards and policies for improving the protection of consumers’ health. It examines all questions related to the safety and quality of food contact materials and food processing tools.

This Committee is currently working on the development of technical guidance on the safety and quality of food contact materials and tools made from metals, paper and board or cork.

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*Countries participate on a voluntary basis in these Committees, which are referred to as “Partial agreements”


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