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Following the publication of the 6th Amendment to the EC Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC, manufacturers or distributors of cosmetic products were required for the first time to make available safety assessments for their end products. In the meantime – with the entry into force of the EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 in January 2010 – the requirements to be met by the safety assessment were specified in more detail and concretised (see also Appendix I of the Regulation).

For the elaboration of the safety assessment the legislator has specified a certain group of persons. Article 10 of the EC Cosmetics Regulation stipulates in Section 2:

“The cosmetic product safety assessment, as set out in Part B of Annex I shall be carried out by a person in possession of a diploma or other evidence of formal qualifications awarded on completion of a university course of theoretical and practical study in pharmacy, toxicology, medicine or a similar discipline, or a course recognised as equivalent by a member state.”

Such an education is, however, as a rule not sufficient. For the competent assessment of the safety of cosmetic products interdisciplinary knowledge is required, in particular in the fields of chemistry, toxicology, dermatology and (cosmetics) law so that the corresponding person must engage in specific continuing education in these fields. DGK developed, together with IKW and university experts, continuing education courses for safety assessors for the first time in 1998. The structure and the content of the courses were extensively revised and updated in 2006. More emphasis was placed on their orientation towards practice. The lecturers for these courses are highly qualified experts from the respective disciplines from universities, public authorities and industry, including, for instance, several members of the Cosmetics Commission of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), and the EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

The regularly offered cycle of courses consists of seven individual courses of two days in each case. At the end of each course the learning contents are checked by a written test (participation on a voluntary basis). In this connection 18 of 24 questions must be answered correctly. A corresponding certificate for the attended course is then issued. After successful participation in all individual courses, overall participation is confirmed.

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