The New Cosmetics Regulations UK, IFRA & EU: 22 March 2019
Whatever happens over the next two months, our indie perfumes are still regulated
In this world of uncertainly we can guarentee that there will still be regulations to follow. The British invented red tape, and all the signs are that we're going to have more of it, not less.
(That's a photo of Sarah aiming to stay happy, considering.)
Fot this reason, on 22nd March we're running a workshop all about the rules and regulations indie perfumers must follow to be both safe and legal.
In particular the ones applying to the perfume industry are:
IFRA (International Fragrance Association) safetly guidelines
EU cosmetics regulations for companies already selling products outside the UK. (IFRA and EU regulations are different, but overlapping)
New UK ones which will most likely be more strict, not less. Let's hope it doesn't happen, but if it does...
Temporary UK guidelines which currently tell us to follow EU rules for the chemicals and pharmaceutical industries while the government works out what to do with us.
Dangerous Good Shipping Rules
Sarah and Triona have been asked to run our whole Brick Walls & Flaming Hoops course for people setting up a new brand, but as everything changes day to day right now we've decided to run two one-off events instead. One is a half day on Friday 22nd Feburary for people already dealing with this and needing to prepare for new UK regulations and continuing to sell in the EU27, and this one is a whole day for people who need to know what they're getting into.
Once we can plan ahead further than a few weeks, we'll set up a new two day workshop, to include business plans, social media and PR for small businesses as usual.
We have been running these workshops for three years, helping indie perfume companies on their way, and sometimes saving people a lot of effort because they hadn't realised how many obstacles there are to making and selling perfume for a living.
Brick Walls & Flaming Hoops with Extra Fog In the Channel
It really can be tricky to work out which regulations apply to us, and which don't. (Mostly they do.) Can we avoid them? Is there way around them? (Mostly no, and mostly no.) Fragrance concentrate manufacturers need to comply with IFRA and shipping dangerous goods. Cosmetics manufacturers need to comply with EU/UK and shipping, and complying with IFRA makes the others easier.
Our successful visitors include Sarah Ireland Perfumes, Bedeux, Vaunt and Maya Njie. Join us, and perhaps even join them too.