Product and material safety is mandatory for the protection of consumer health; therefore, a science-based risk assessment is requested and laid down for the different consumer product groups in many European and worldwide regulatory frameworks. Modern cosmetic products and their ingredients are often based on new technologies, while at the same time the knowledge on substances and products is continuously increasing due to new legal approaches and scientific methods.
Solid data on intrinsic properties of product ingredients are required, as well as on the potential occurrence of harmful contaminants and microbiological burden. This data and further information on the properties and effects of substances and formulations serve as the basis for exposure and risk assessments. The demand on knowledge and skills of product safety assessors is enormous and is constantly growing based on new scientific and regulatory results.