It is designed to provide guidance to public authorities and cosmetic industry, in order to improve harmonized compliance with Directive 76/768/EEC and in particular with the sixth (Directive 93/35/EEC) and the seventh (Directive 2003/15/EC) amendments of this Directive. The most relevant provisions of the new Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009 on cosmetic products are briefly mentioned in the SCCS document, though it must be emphasised that the Regulation is not fully applicable until 11 July 2013.
The "Notes of Guidance" are regularly revised and updated in order to incorporate the progress of scientific knowledge in general, and the experience gained in particular, in the field of testing and safety evaluation of cosmetic ingredients. These "Notes of Guidance" also set out the essential information required in a safety file submitted for evaluation to the SCCS.
SCCS'S Notes of Guidance for the Testing of Cosmetic Ingredients and their Safety Evaluation, 8th Revision, 11 December 2012.
The testing guidance document refers to OECD-testing guidelines.