ERPA Cosmetics

FAQ

1. What is ERPA?

2. What are ERPA’s vision, mission & objectives?

3. Who are ERPA’s members?

4. Who may apply to become an ERPA member?

5. How can one apply to become an ERPA member?

6. When can one apply to become an ERPA member?

7. What type of memberships does ERPA have?

8. What are the fees for being an ERPA member?

9. What are the benefits for being an ERPA member?

10. What are the roles and responsibilities of the ERPA members?


1. What is ERPA?

ERPA is the European Responsible Person Association. The association gathers the different compliance operators concerning cosmetics legislation in Europe (Responsible Persons, Safety Assessors, REACh ‘Only Representatives’, Laboratories, Associations), providing a platform for discussing, developing and promoting fundamental aspects concerning cosmetic products safety on the European market.

ERPA was founded on January 18th, 2011 by Obelis Responsible Person Center (Belgium) and Medical Device Safety Service (Germany). The association is strategically located in the heart of Europe – Brussels, Belgium.
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2. What are ERPA’s vision, mission & objectives?

Vision

ERPA aims to support the efforts in protecting the safety of the cosmetic products users in Europe by promoting high standards of services and professional conduct among the European Responsible Persons.

Mission

  • ERPA seeks to generate awareness of the European Responsible Person roles and obligations.
  • ERPA seeks to encourage high standard of professional conduct and competence among the European Responsible Persons.
  • ERPA seeks to create guidelines of cooperation among the economic operators involved in the regulatory affairs of cosmetic products.

Objectives

  • To create Good Working Practices guidelines of the European Responsible Person profession.
  • To be an active stakeholder in the regulatory and legislative decision making process affecting the European Responsible Person profession.
  • To create cooperation guidelines among the Responsible Person, Safety Assessor, Manufacturer and other economic operators.

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3. Who are ERPA’s members?

ERPA members are companies located in the European Union involved in the compliancy with the European legislation of the cosmetics products  commercialized on the European market. For the moment, the following are part of ERPA:

  • Professional Responsible Person = Entity appointed to be responsible of all safety aspects concerning a cosmetic product commercialized on the European market (art. 4, 1223/2009/EC)
  • Safety Assessors = Entity that fulfills specific educational and work experience requirements and completes the Safety Assessment report which is part of a product’s Product Information File (art. 10.2, 1223/2009/EC)
  • REACh ‘Only Representatives’ = Entity appointed to fulfill the obligations of importation of chemicals into Europe (Art. 8, 1907/2006/EC)
  • Laboratories = Entity running tests proofing the safety of cosmetic products.
  • Associations = Organizations that have activities related to cosmetic products’ legislation in Europe.

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4. Who may apply to become an ERPA member?

To become an ERPA member a company must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be located in one of the European Union member states
  • Perform one or more of the following activities: 
    • Act as a professional Responsible Person = being the Responsible Person for several cosmetic products’ manufacturers
    • Act as a Safety Assessor that can complete and sign Safety Assessment reports valid in Europe = fulfilling the requirements stated in art. 10, 1223/2009/EC (“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 recognized or equivalent by a Member State”)
    • Act as an ‘Only Representative’ under REACh = being appointed by a non-EU manufacturer of substances which will be imported in the EU
    • Act as a Laboratory = run tests for cosmetic products compliancy with the European legislation e.g., Challenge Test, Stability Test, Compatibility Test
    • Be an association with activities related to cosmetic products’ legislation in the European Union.

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5. How can one apply to become an ERPA member?

To apply for ERPA membership one has to complete the applicable membership questionnaire.

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6. When can one apply to become an ERPA member?

One can apply anytime to become an ERPA member by completing the applicable membership questionnaire on the website.

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7. What type of memberships does ERPA have?

ERPA has at the moment 5 types of memberships depending on the type of activity concerning cosmetic products the company fulfills.

  • Professional Responsible Person
  • Safety Assessor
  • REACh ‘Only Representative’
  • Laboratory
  • Association

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8. What are the fees for being an ERPA member?

ERPA fees depend on the company’s number of employee and the type of membership.

Membership Type

3 or less employees

4-9 employees

10-29 employees

30-59 employees

60+ employees

Founder (one time fee)

1.600,00 €

 

 

 

 

Responsible Person

460,00 €

530,00 €

730,00 €

950,00 €

1.600,00 €

Safety Assessor / REACh  Only Representative

460,00 €

530,00 €

730,00 €

950,00 €

1.600,00 €

Laboratory

750,00 €

860,00 €

1.100,00 €

1.300,00 €

2.600,00 €

International Association

 

 

 

 

1.300,00 €

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9. What are the benefits for being an ERPA member?

Becoming an ERPA member implies

  • Being part of a group of nationally and internationally recognized experts in cosmetic products legislation, manufacturing processes, formulation,…
  • Discussing, developing and promoting ideas, opinions on aspects concerning cosmetic products in Europe at national and international view
  • Learn about other compliance operators’ view and interpretation of the legislation on cosmetic products
  • Exchange and build knowledge and experience

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10. What are the roles and responsibilities of the ERPA members?

An ERPA member should:

  • Attend ERPA assembly meetings, on average two per year
  • Be proactive in ERPA projects and help the association develop and promote its ideas and opinions
  • Complete the remittance of ERPA membership fees
  • Become member of one of ERPA’s internal working groups and be proactive within the group’s activities
  • Respect and follow ERPA’s core working rules presented in different documents (Code of Conduct, Internal Working Rules, Watchman statement…)

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