Last Updated on May 10, 2022 by Ithos Global Regulatory Team
Increased focus on harmful chemicals, as well as labeling and packaging of bath products and skin care for babies and children
More states across the US are expected to adopt new regulations on toxic chemicals in children’s products. Laws are already on the books in six states, addressing harmful chemicals in bath and skin care products marketed for baby care and children’s use. They include:
- Minnesota: Toxic Free Kids Act
- Maine: Safer Chemicals in Children’s Products
- New York: Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products
- Oregon: Toxic-Free Kids Act
- Vermont: Chemical Disclosure for Children’s Products
- Washington: Children’s Safe Product Act (CSPA)
In some cases, new regulations are proving complicated, with brands relying on the Ithos Information Network to ensure up-to-date cosmetic compliance. In addition to limits on chemicals of concern (CoC), some states are also now requiring new government reporting of ingredients for both importers and domestic manufacturers.
With a growing number of brands promising “clean” products for babies and children, more attention is focused on the safety and sustainability of baby products and children’s skin care products, including safe makeup for kids. In addition to chemicals of concern, many new regulations also address:
- Labeling & product warnings
- Directions for use
- Child-resistant packaging
- Raw materials
In the European Union, more attention has been given to safety risks of cosmetic and personal care products that resemble food – including those marketed to children. From “cupcake” bath bombs to “smoothie” shower gels, these types of product issues and recalls are posted weekly in the European Union, via a list called Safety Gate. It covers all consumer products in the EU (except food), and lists product names. Cosmetics are included in Safety Gate. Updates are also expected to Safe Products for Children, a formulation guide created in 2012 by the the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Cosmetic Products (P-SC-COS).
Whether you are trying to stay ahead of new state regulations or adding a new children’s product to your portfolio, Ithos can save valuable time and money. Our IIN platform provides instant, compliant ingredient reporting to ensure product safety, and our team of regulatory experts can help troubleshoot compliance challenges. Contact us to learn more.