28 May 2021. The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, has published the Report Support for Standardization in the cosmetics sector, in partnership with STANPA (Spanish National Perfumery and Cosmetics Association), with the aim of helping companies in the cosmetics sector to tackle the major challenges they face in areas such as exports, sustainability or innovation through technical regulations or standards.
The report outlines the numerous UNE technical standardization bodies that drive the competitiveness of the Spanish cosmetics sector. For instance, the Technical Standardization Committee CTN 84 Essential oils and cosmetic products, of which STANPA is secretary, develops standards on essential oils (extracts and odoriferous substances) for fragrance compositions and aromas; and cosmetic products, both in their raw materials and manufactured and finished products.
Close to 60 experts from organizations participate in CTN 84, representing sectoral associations and federations, public and private laboratories, companies, universities, general administration or technology centres. Currently, it has some 325 standards in force, 300 of which are purely national and the rest adopting European or international standards.
Standardization is present at each stage of the design, manufacture, distribution and supply, as well as the sustainability or innovation of the cosmetics industry.
Industry companies have committed to standardization as a strategic pillar of growth. STANPA has been a member of UNE since 1988 and leads the development of key standards for its partners.
The Spanish cosmetic industry is an international benchmark in standardization, leading the development of key ISO standards for its competitiveness; this good work has been recognized with several awards.
For example, Stanpa has led the harmonization of global criteria for natural products through the development of the standard ISO 16128, a pioneering standard for companies that provides them with guidelines for claims of "natural" or "organic" in cosmetic ingredients and products. The Association has also taken part in the development of standard UNE 149002 on disposable and flushable wet wipes. This pioneering standard is the only one in the world on displaying the correct way of disposing of these products in a clear, easily visible, legible and indelible manner on the labelling.
These technical regulations or standards reflect the market consensus on best practices in key issues for the competitiveness of organizations. Standards are the roadmap for companies; they represent the global agreement that guides any organization, providing security and trust. Standards are based on values such as transparency, proximity and collaboration.
Through standardization, companies can develop products that reach the market at scales that make them accessible, thus obtaining competitive advantages in an increasingly global world, facilitating trade exchanges.
More information in the Report on Support for Standardization in the cosmetics sector.