A preservative is a natural or synthetic ingredient that is added to products to prevent them from spoiling. The availability of a wide and safe range of preservatives is one of the key challenges to the cosmetics sector.
Preservatives must undergo rigorous evaluation, including safety assessments and quality testing, to make sure that they are safe for use.
The European Commission ensures an updated list of scientifically evaluated safe preservatives for their use in cosmetic products and guides national authorities to monitor products on the EU market.
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