We respect the strictest regulations in the world and strive to go beyond whenever it is possible.
Compliance with the strictest cosmetic regulation in the world
At L'Oréal, we always comply with the European cosmetics regulation, which is the strictest, wherever we market our products.
This regulation evolves on a regular basis to take into account scientific progress. Decisions are taken by the health authorities of the Member States based on proposals from the European Commission. They rely on the opinion of independent European experts who gather within the European Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS).
Regarding our product communications for example, any of them whether they are made on behalf of L’Oréal, directly or by third parties, complies with local laws, self-regulation codes of good practices, and the Group’s principles and Code of Ethics.
Go beyond the regulation whenever possible
The Group endeavour is to go beyond the regulation and answer to our consumers' expectations and the evolutions we observe.
There are certain allowed ingredients that we chose not to use as they do not meet our own criteria. We also decided not to use diethylphtalate or triclosan and to reduce the use of para-phenylene-diamine in our hair dye products. All these initiatives were taken while the international regulations allowed these substances to be used.
Furthermore, in January 2014, we committed to eliminate all plastic microbeads from our rinse-off products before the end of 2017.
This commitment was achieved in January 2017, almost one year before the regulation required our industry to do so.
The cosmetic industry is also acting proactively on that matter as often recalled by Cosmetics Europe, though it is said to be an extremely minor potential contributor to the total amount of aquatic plastic litter.