Congress Program: 17 October


Day 2, Tuesday, 17 October 2017, Morning Sessions

 08:00 Registration
Session V: How Safe are the Ingredients Used in my Product? 

Moderator: Doram Elkayam, OBELIS, Belgium
09:00 - 9:30
What do you Know about the Ingredients in your Formulation? Hazard Assessment of Cosmetic Ingredients 

Speaker: Vera Rogiers, Brussels University, Belgium

  • General concept of substance hazard assessment.
  • Which tox data is important to know for each ingredient?
  • Where do you find reliable and useful data?
09:30 - 10:00
Your Actives Seem to be Safe, So is that all? Ingredients Related Contaminants, Unintentional Ingredients and Carry-overs 

Speaker: Helena Eixarch, TGSE Consulting, Spain

  • What are the common contaminants and/or carry-overs in most frequently used cosmetic ingredients?
  • Can the interaction between different ingredients in a formulation lead to formation of hazardous contaminants after production and packaging? If so, what are the examples of most common reactivity contaminants in cosmetics?
  • How do you manage these unintentional substances?
  • What is the role of the suppliers in data management?
  • How to properly document them in the PIF and in the CPSAR?
10:00 - 10:30
Is Everything What is “Natural” also Safe? Safety of “Natural” Ingredients like Herbs, Essential Oils, Botanical Extracts, etc.
Speaker:  Zoran GavrićThe Regulatory Company, The Netherlands

  • What are actually the so-called “natural” ingredients?
  • How safe or dangerous are the “naturals”?
  • Can natural ingredients also be very toxic e.g. carcinogenic?
  • How do I know if my natural/pure essential oil contains any allergens, and if so which ones and how much? (How to deal with naturally occurring allergens)?
  • Examples of hazard classification of some common natural ingredients.

10:30 - 11:00

☕️ Networking Break and visit the Exhibition

Session VI: How Safe are the Cosmetic Products I use Every Day?  

Moderator: Marta de Oliveira Ferreira, INOVAPOTEK, Portugal, Organizing Committee Chair
11:00 - 11:30
I do not have any Tox Data for my Special Ingredients, What Now? How to Deal with Ingredients with No or Little Data, Data Mining, Estimations, etc. (practical approach)

Speaker: Vera Rogiers, Brussels University, Belgium

  • Can I use an ingredient to formulate a product if I do not have all required hazard data for that ingredient?
  • Which data is a must-have and which is a nice-to-have?
  • How can I make “estimations” of the hazards in case I do not have all required data for the substance?
  • In which cases can I “skip” certain data and assume the ingredients is safe?
11:30 - 12:00
The Individual Ingredients have been Evaluated, So Does it Mean I can use Them in Any Product at Will? Risk Assessment of Finished Products (calculation of MoS, etc.)

Speaker:  Zoran GavrićThe Regulatory Company, The Netherlands


  • What is the general approach to risk assessment of the consumer product?
  • How do we estimate human exposure related to product use?
  • What does the “Margin of Safety” actually means and how to apply this concept in safety assessment of finished cosmetic products?
  • Which other aspects are also important to take into account for the safety assessment, besides the chemical hazards of individual ingredients? 
12:00 - 12:30
This Product is Safe, But Not if you Inhale it or if you put it onto your Eyes! Risk Management and Risk Communication
Speaker: Helena Eixarch, TSGE Consulting, Spain


  • Is any product absolutely safe?
  • What is the concept of risk-management in terms of cosmetic products use?
  • How does the safety assessment relate to communication about the product (e.g. product label, presentation, etc.)
  • Specific warnings related to use of certain ingredients in the finished products
12:30 - 13:30

13:00 - 13:30

☕️ Networking Break and visit the Exhibition

One-on-One Meetings

Day 2, Tuesday, 17 October 2017, Afternoon Sessions

Session VII: Claims and Borderline Products 

Moderator: Florian Schellauf, Cosmetics Europe
13:30 - 14:00
Are we Respecting the Common Criteria?

Speaker: Matteo Zanotti Russo, Angel Consulting, Italy

  • What’s on EU Commission Report on product claims?
  • Are we complying with EU Regulation no. 655/2013?
  • What are Authorities’ inspecting?
14:00 - 14:30  
What's the Best Strategy to Substantiate a Claim?

Speaker: Marta de Oliveira Ferreira, INOVAPOTEK, Portugal, Organizing Committee Chair

  • How to proof a cosmetic claim?
  • Should I conduct in vivo or in vitro studies on the finished cosmetic product?
  • Are tests performed on ingredients enough?
  • Can I rely on bibliography?
  • Is a consumer test enough to proof my claim?
14:30 - 15:00
Is My Product Crossing the Border? Borderline Products Manual - A Practical Approach

Speaker: Alina Nanu, Eurofins Evic Product Testing, Romania

  • Is my product a cosmetic, a medical device or a drug?
  • How grey are the borders?
  • Borderline product examples
15:00 - 15:30 ☕️ Networking Break and visit the Exhibition
Session VIII: GLP, GCP and GMP – Which Guidelines to Follow? 

Moderator: Alina Nanu, Eurofins Evic Product Testing, Romania
15:30 - 16:00
Good Clinical Practices (GCP) or Good Laboratorial Practices (GLP)? Which Ones are Applicable to Cosmetic Product Testing?

Speaker: Marta de Oliveira Ferreira, INOVAPOTEK, Portugal, Organizing Committee Chair

  • Which guidelines must be followed for each type of cosmetics Testing?
  • How to know if my test is reliable?
  • How to monitor cosmetics testing?
  • How to interpret test results?
  • Are 10 volunteers enough for my test? Find out more on sample size calculations!

16:00 - 16:30

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Compliance Verification by the Responsible Person (RP)
Speaker: Sandra Ferretti, OBELIS, Belgium

  • How can a RP check of a manufacturer complies with GMP?
  • How can a RP monitor a manufacturer outside EU?

16:30 - 17:00

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Audits - A Practical Approach
Speaker: Els Vrindts, Ministry of Health, Belgium


  • How to perform a GMP audit?
  • How can a manufacturer prepare for an audition?
Closing Remarks

Gideon ElkayamBelgium | ERPA Chairman 
Marta de Oliveira FerreiraINOVAPOTEK, Portugal, Organizing Committee Chair