The Association provides members with information and advice. It anticipates and monitors legal, regulatory and economic developments that may impact suppliers of cosmetic ingredients and surfactants.

ASPA-INGRECOS keeps its members informed of developments in these various areas and answers their questions. It encourages reflection among members to better anticipate developments and define common positions.

In 2018, the priority issues on which the union is working are as follows:

> New cosmetics regulation in China
> Definition of Natural Ingredients and ISO 16128
> Nanomaterials
> Endocrine disrupters
> Microplastics
> The French law on biodiversity, and the Nagoya Protocol with developments in different countries


ASPA-INGRECOS organises work groups with experts from member companies to deal with technical and regulatory issues.

The Technical Bureau-Commission on Regulatory Affairs and the Environment (BT CARE) meets once a quarter to discuss all issues that have an impact on surfactants and cosmetic ingredients, and also to answer members’ questions.
Depending on current events, specific work groups may be set up (Natural Ingredients WG, Nagoya WG,Nanomaterials WG, China WG etc.).

BT CARE members also participate in thematic work groups organised by EFfCI and CESIO (the two European sector associations).
INGRECOS participates in European work groups dealing with subjects concerning cosmetic ingredients, which are led by EFfCI.
ASPA participates in European work groups dealing with subjects concerning surfactants, which are led by CESIO (which is itself part of CEFIC).
ERASM is a work group that works in conjunction with AISE (International Association of Soap, Detergents and Cleaning Products), which conducts numerous technical studies on the determination and evaluation of the characteristics of surfactant products used in detergents, with a particular focus on their environmental fate.

The conclusions and summaries resulting from these various work groups are then more comprehensively made available to all members during plenary committee meetings and/or by email.

WGs led by EFfCI

> Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP);
> Ingredients of Natural Origin (INO);
> International Relations;
> Polymers;
> Preservatives;
> Regulatory Affairs and Product Safety (RAPS);
> Toxicology.

WGs led by CESIO

> Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee (TRA);
> Environmental Risk Assessment Steering Management committee (ERASM).


ASPA-INGRECOS represents and defends the specificities and interests of its members by federating them.

ASPA-INGRECOS gathers its members every three months during plenary committee meetings, in order to discuss the challenges of the sector, to disseminate good practices and to support teams in their quality approach.

Members can also meet other actors in the sector through the organisation of themed days in collaboration with other partners.

ASPA-INGRECOS is a recognised point of contact with the law makers and public authorities to represent its industries at the national and European levels. This dialogue is essential, since many draft regulations fail to take their specific constraints into account.

It engages in dialogue with public authorities, in order to ensure that the interests of companies in the sector are taken into account during the drafting of laws and regulations.


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