France – Triman requirements

The Triman logo is a symbol used in France to indicate that a product or its packaging is subject to sorting rules. The logo features a pictogram of a person with an outstretched arm, from which three thick arrows point in different directions. This figure represents the environmentally conscious consumer who disposes of products or packaging separately. The logo also includes a thin arrow that loops from the top to the bottom of the three thick arrows, symbolizing the recycling process and the reuse and transformation of resources.

Accompanying the Triman logo is the “info-tri,” which provides specific sorting instructions. This information is presented in the form of a bar, highlighted in colors such as yellow (for yellow garbage cans) or green (for glass), depending on the disposal method. The bar lists the individual packaging components that can be separated, each depicted by pictograms and/or text, and connected by a “+” symbol. Additionally, the info-tri bar includes a pictogram indicating the correct collection container for disposing of the packaging. Manufacturers can also provide extra information below the bar, such as encouraging consumers to separate packaging components before disposal, but this is optional

Example of Triman logo and info-tri
  1. Triman Logo: Introduced in France in 2015, the Triman logo initially indicated recyclability but was redefined in 2020 under the French AGEC law. It now signifies that a product or packaging is subject to sorting rules, not necessarily that it is recyclable.
  2. Info-tri Meaning: Accompanying the Triman logo, info-tri provides sorting instructions for waste from the product. It details different sorting methods for various elements of the product and is available on the product, its packaging, or associated documents, with a centralized online availability for easier understanding.
  3. Triman Logo Usage: The Triman logo is mandatory and meaningful exclusively in France. It holds no significance outside of France.
  4. Triman Requirements Applicability: Mandatory on all household packaging in France subject to sorting instructions, except for household glass beverage packaging.
  5. Triman Symbol and Info-tri: Household packaging must feature both the Triman logo and info-tri. Exceptions exist based on packaging size and form, allowing for electronic availability of this information.
  6. Implementation Guides: Developed by packaging EPR eco-organizations CITEO and LEKO, these guides are accessible to businesses selling directly in France or through importers, who must also adhere to EPR fees and distribution compliance.
  7. Minimum Size for Triman Logo: Ademe’s guidelines state the Triman logo should not be smaller than 10mm in height for standard packaging and 6mm for compact packaging.
  8. Minimum Size for Info-tri: The size recommendations for info-tri, alongside the Triman logo, are outlined in the implementation guides by CITEO and LEKO.
  9. Logo Placement: The Triman logo must be visible on the exterior of the packaging at the point of purchase.
  10. Implementation Deadlines: The Triman logo and info-tri became mandatory in France from January 1, 2022. New packaging from September 9, 2022, must include these, but products packaged before March 9, 2023, can be sold without on-pack sorting information if produced before September 9, 2022.
  11. Post-March 2023 Market Regulations: Packaging produced before September 9, 2022, can be used post-March 9, 2023, if possessed by the packer before this date, regardless of whether it’s filled.
  12. Imported Product Deadline Compliance: The deadline applies universally, including to packaging produced outside France but imported after September 9, 2022, provided it was manufactured before this date.
  13. Triman and Info-tri for Small Products: Exemptions exist for small-sized products/packaging, with provisions for electronic availability of Triman signage and info-tri based on size and form.
  14. Applicability to Professional Products: Triman requirements are exclusive to household market products and do not apply to professional-use products.
  15. Free Samples Regulation: Triman requirements extend to all household market products, including free samples, except for household glass beverage packaging.
  16. Hotel Cosmetic Products: As products for household use, hotel toiletries fall under the Triman legislation, requiring compliance regardless of the consumption location.
  17. Peel and Read Labels: For small packaging, the Triman logo must be on the outside, but info-tri can be on documentation provided with the product. Efforts should be made to make info-tri visible on the packaging, but it can be on a peel and read label if space is limited.
  18. Digital Information Language Requirement: Digital information related to Triman and info-tri is required only in French.

For more information please read here.

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Engaging with industry leaders at in-Cosmetics Asia

This is our tenth year in Bangkok at in-Cosmetics Asia!

Many novel ingredients are emerging in the market, alongside advanced testing equipment that accelerates the timeline for product launches. Great news!

Similar to the UK’s cosmetic OPSS and the European Union’s Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP), Thailand has an online system for cosmetic product notification. The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides an e-service system where companies can submit their cosmetic product notifications electronically. This online process streamlines the notification procedure by allowing for electronic submission of documents and data required for the cosmetic product to be sold legally in Thailand.

Thailand tends to align its cosmetic regulations with the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD), which is the main regulatory framework for the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) cosmetic industry.

ASEAN member states, including Thailand, have been working towards harmonising their cosmetic regulations under the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive since the early 2000s. 

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Cosmetics Europe adds 56 additional fragrance allergens

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2023/1545 of 26 July 2023 amending Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards labelling of fragrance allergens in cosmetic products 

All fragrance allergens as amended and published 27th July 2023.

“In light of the SCCS opinion, it can be concluded that there is a potential risk to human health arising from the use of the additional fragrance allergens identified by the SCCS and that it is necessary to inform consumers about the presence of those fragrance allergens. Therefore, an obligation to individually label those fragrance allergens should be introduced in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 when their concentration exceeds 0,001 % in leave-on products and 0,01 % in rinse-off products. Furthermore, fragrance substances, such as prehaptens and prohaptens, that can be transformed to known contact allergens via air oxidation or bioactivation should be treated as equivalent to fragrance allergens and be subject to the same restrictions and other regulatory requirements.”

(*) Cosmetic products containing that substance that do not comply with the restrictions may be placed on the Union market until 31 July 2026 and made available on the Union market until 31 July 2028.

(**) Cosmetic products containing that substance that do not comply with the restrictions may, provided that they comply with the restrictions applicable on 15 August 2023, be placed on the Union market until 31 July 2026 and made available on the Union market until 31 July 2028.

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Green Dot Trademark

6th July 2023: France: Decision nos 449872, 450134 & 450158 of June 30, 2023 of the Council of State


  • the decree of November 30, 2020 relating to signs and markings which could lead to confusion on the rule for sorting or bringing in waste from the product (NOR: TREP2026399A);
  • 4° of II of the appendix to the decree of 25 December 2020 amending the specifications for eco-organisations.

This means now that the Green Dot Trademark is no longer mandatory in any EU country, in France the penalty for using the Green Dot Trademark has been cancelled.

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P&G’s advert banned over misleading claims

P&G’s Braun IPL advert banned over misleading hair removal claims.

The ban applies to a campaign displayed in 2022 for the Braun Silk-expert IPL and starring singer Frankie Bridge. 

British watchdog Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that the ad claim of “permanent visible hair removal” incorrectly gave the impression that consumers could prevent all hair regrowth permanently through using the product.

On-screen text which stated “Treatment done. IPL won” also enforced the idea that once a course of intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment had finished, hair would not grow back.

The advert should not be shown in its current form again, the ASA ruled. 

P&G stated there is no industry standard in the UK for recognising permanent hair removal and that it followed the US’ Food and Drinks Administration (FDA) guidelines of “long-term stable reduction of the number of re-growing hairs”. 

For more information read here.

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Supporting the Holobiont

The concept of the “holobiont” refers to the host organism (in this case, the human body or specifically the skin) and all of its associated microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc.) living symbiotically. The skin microbiome, an integral part of the holobiont, plays a crucial role in maintaining skin health, influencing immune responses, wound healing, and protecting against harmful pathogens.

Skincare ingredients support the holobiont in several ways:

  1. Preserving and Enhancing the Microbiome: Certain ingredients can help maintain a healthy balance of the skin microbiome. Prebiotics, for instance, feed the beneficial bacteria on the skin, promoting their growth and activity. Postbiotics, or byproducts of probiotic bacteria, can also provide benefits, like anti-inflammatory effects.
  2. Protecting the Skin Barrier: Ingredients like ceramides, and fatty acids, can help strengthen the skin barrier, maintaining its integrity and preventing water loss. This supports overall skin health and indirectly aids in preserving a balanced microbiome.
  3. Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Ingredients: Substances like green tea, resveratrol, and niacinamide have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can protect the skin and its microbiome from damage due to environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution.
  4. Moisturising Agents: Hydrated skin can support a healthy microbiome. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and various oils can contribute to maintaining adequate skin hydration.
  5. pH Balancing Ingredients: Maintaining the skin’s natural slightly acidic pH is important for the healthy functioning of the skin barrier and microbiome. Certain ingredients are used in skincare to help balance the pH and prevent it from becoming too alkaline, which can disrupt the microbiome and barrier function.

The right skincare ingredients can support the skin holobiont by preserving and enhancing the microbiome, protecting and strengthening the skin barrier, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, providing adequate hydration, and maintaining the skin’s optimal pH balance.

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Our 10th Anniversary!

Over the past decade, Oxford Biosciences has experienced incredible growth and success, thanks in no small part to your continued support and trust in our services. We are proud of what we have accomplished together and grateful for your partnership.

Thank you for helping us reach this important milestone! We look forward to many more years of superlative service, growth, and success.

We celebrated our 10th anniversary with an excursion to Hampton Court Palace!

We were thrilled to enjoy this treat with most regulatory staff members, but we also want to acknowledge and appreciate the dedicated team members who remained in our office and laboratory, ensuring the smooth operation of our business during this time.

The State Bedchamber – where it seems as if it were customary to conduct all business in the 18th Century!

As we commemorate the scientific progress we’ve made in the past ten years, it is awe-inspiring to ponder the achievements of the 16th century, despite the lack of modern conveniences that we benefit from in the 21st century.

Hampton Court Palace was built and expanded over several decades, starting from 1515 under the reign of King Henry VIII. The palace reflects the architectural and scientific advancements of the time, although it is important to note that the 16th century was still part of the early modern period, and many of the significant scientific and technological advancements we know today were yet to be discovered. Nevertheless, the palace showcases a few notable features that highlight the scientific understanding and innovations of the era:

  1. Tudor brickwork: During the 16th century, brick was becoming a popular building material in England. Hampton Court Palace is an excellent example of the skillful and decorative brickwork from this period. The bricks were made locally, and their use showcases the advancement in brick-making technology and the expertise of craftsmen in constructing large and intricate structures.
  2. Astronomical clock: Installed in 1540, the Hampton Court astronomical clock is a remarkable example of the scientific knowledge and craftsmanship of the time. The clock displays the time, the date, the phases of the moon, and the positions of the sun and major planets. It also indicates the time of high tide at London Bridge, which was crucial information for river travel. This clock demonstrates the advancements in timekeeping, mechanical engineering, and astronomy during the 16th century.
  3. Gardens and water features: Hampton Court Palace features extensive gardens, which were designed and laid out using the contemporary knowledge of horticulture and landscaping. The palace also had innovative water features, such as fountains and waterworks, which showcased advancements in hydraulics and water engineering.
  4. The Great Hall and the hammer-beam roof: The Great Hall is a magnificent example of the grand and impressive architecture of the time. The hall features a hammer-beam roof, which was an innovative structural design that allowed for large open spaces without the need for central supporting columns. This type of roof was a significant advancement in carpentry and structural engineering during the Tudor period.
  5. Indoor plumbing and heating: Although clearly not as advanced as modern systems, Hampton Court Palace had some early forms of indoor plumbing, such as garderobes (toilets) and conduits for water supply. The palace also featured enormous fireplaces and chimneys for heating, which were considered modern advancements at the time.

While these features might not represent groundbreaking scientific advancements by today’s standards, they do illustrate the level of knowledge, skill, and innovation during the 16th century. Hampton Court Palace stands as a testament to the architectural, engineering, and artistic achievements of the Tudor period.

We are truly inspired!

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IFF, Firmenich, Givaudan, and Symrise raided in co-ordinated antitrust probe

Regulators in Switzerland, UK, US and EU investigate overcharging and other anti-competitive practices

The world’s four largest fragrance suppliers were raided on Wednesday as part of a co-ordinated move by regulators to investigate overcharging and other anti-competitive practices in the industry. Swiss companies Firmenich and Givaudan, Germany’s Symrise and US group International Flavors & Fragrances — which together control roughly 60 per cent of the market — are all under investigation for suspected collusion by antitrust authorities in Switzerland, the UK, the US and EU.

Read more here.

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We are on the panel at the Safety in Beauty Conference

Meet us on 2nd March 2023 at the Safety in Beauty Conference in Canary Wharf, London, and let us answer any regulatory questions that you may have.

Rigorous, Trustworthy & Quality Beauty Safety Strategies To Responsibly & Compliantly Assure Beauty & Cosmetics Customers

More details here.

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FDA: Banana Boat sunscreen recalled – cancer risk

SHELTON, Conn., January 27, 2023 – Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE: EPC) today expanded its voluntary nationwide recall of three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 to the consumer level as outlined in the table below. One additional batch has been added to the original recall announced on July 29, 2022.

A review found that some samples of the product contained trace levels of benzene. While benzene is not an ingredient in any Banana Boat products, the review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can.

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