International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR-3) Meeting Summary (September 2009)

The International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR) held their third annual meeting (ICCR-3) September 9-11, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan to discuss issues related to cosmetic and cosmetic-like drug products. ICCR is an international group of cosmetic regulatory authorities from the United States, Japan, the European Union and Canada. This multilateral framework maintains the highest level of global consumer protection, while minimizing barriers to international trade. As part of this meeting, the regulators entered into a dialogue with cosmetics industry trade associations from each region.

The meeting focused on the following topics:

  • Alternative Test Methods
  • GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)
  • Safety of Ingredients/ Authorized Substances Lists
  • Nanotechnology
  • Cosmetics Labeling1
  • Sunscreens
  • Regulators’ Liaison to Industry Technical Working Group
  • Expansion of ICCR

The next ICCR-4 meeting will be held in Canada in 2010.

Outcomes of the Meeting

  • Alternative Test Methods
    • Regulators received and endorsed an updated report on ICATM2 activities.
    • Regulatory authorities will continue to cooperate, to coordinate and to endorse ICATM activities.
  • GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)
    • Regulators confirmed their previous agreement to implement the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standard 22716 in their respective regions, wherever possible.
  • Safety of Ingredients/Authorized Substances Lists
    • As follow-up to a request made at ICCR-2, industry submitted a proposal for regulators on oversight of ingredient safety.
    • In ICCR-3, regulators reviewed the proposal and asked industry to submit more detailed proposals, with specific examples of potential topics and issues for consideration within 2-3 months.
  • Nanotechnology
    • Regulators and industry discussed the outcomes from the nanotechnology workshop hosted by the European Commission-Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy in July 2009 as the basis for direction of future work.
    • Regulators and industry agreed to establish an ad hoc Working Group to discuss criteria for nanomaterials to be used in cosmetics.
  • Cosmetics Labeling
    •  Industry submitted a proposal for work items to regulators at ICCR-3.
    •  Regulators requested that the industry proposal should be revised to be more specific for each of the elements for future consideration.
    •  Industry committed to update and expand the proposal in a timely fashion.
  • Sunscreens
    • Both industry and regulators agreed to support ISO sunscreen activities.
  • Regulators’ Liaison to Industry Technical Working Group
    • Industry and Regulators agreed to explore options to improve communications between Regulators and Industry to ensure the efficiency and productivity of ICCR is maintained.
  • Expansion of ICCR
    • Regulators and Industry felt that it was too soon for expansion of membership and an impact assessment should be developed beforehand.
    • Preliminary discussion of criteria for new members was discussed.

1 Industry has decided to revise this proposal.

2 The International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM) was established by ICCR as a framework for validation organizations of the US, the EU, Japan and Canada to enhance cooperation in replacing, reducing, and refining animal testing.


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