Six countries in Central America are planning to update their technical regulations for the registration and labelling of cosmetic products. The regulations establish lists of banned and restricted substances for cosmetics in the region.
The group of countries includes Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The planned regulatory changes fall under the umbrella 2007 Central American technical regulation 71.01.35:06.
Among the changes is that, in order to register a cosmetic product in one of the Central American countries, a company must present a certificate of good manufacturing practices to the country’s competent authority and detail the amount of any restricted substances present in the product.
The regulation also requires compliance with the lists of banned or restricted substances from the European Union’s cosmetics regulation, which sets out more than 1,300 substances that cannot be included in cosmetics and 250 for which there are volume or use limitations.
There is also a new requirement to state the expiration date of cosmetics on the product’s label in month/year format.