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EDQM Strasbourg, France 22/05/2024
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The European Network of Official Cosmetics Control Laboratories (OCCLs) recently conducted a surveillance study on skin whitening products available on the European market. Their analysis found that 18% of the products tested were non-compliant due to the presence of hydroquinone, mercury and/or glucocorticoids – substances prohibited in cosmetics[1]. A summary of these findings can be found in the Executive Summary Report.

It is important that these products are closely monitored by the competent authorities in order to ensure unsafe products are removed from the European market.

The OCCL Network is made up of specialised laboratories whose work is co-ordinated by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) of the Council of Europe. As part of the EDQM’s mission to support public health protection in Europe, the Network’s work programme enables laboratories to strengthen market surveillance and improve product compliance. This is achieved by enhancing testing capacity and promoting co-operation, cross-border mutual assistance and the sharing of information and data. More than 50 OCCLs participate in regular Network activities, including laboratories in 22 European Union member states.

See also:

[1] Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products.