WWRC are experts in Multinational testing requirements, standards, laws and assessments to address potential non-compliance scenarios.

Our assessments and testing protocols will guide your corporation to compliance in your industry and country ultimately minimizing your liabilities. We help you achieve the "green light" to move forward in your endeavor.

1. American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM)

 

Provide test methods/protocols for your product when used in worldwide regulatory laws and voluntary standards. ASTM standards have been adopted, by incorporation or by reference, in many federal, state, and municipal government regulations. ASTM is a national organization that is a part of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

 

2. Asia/South Pacific Cosmetic Regulations

 

Provide guidance on banned/restricted/approved ingredients and also approve label copy. Can also perform registration as required.

 

3. California Air Resource Board (CARB)

 

Define Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) requirements for consumer products and future levels. Calculate VOC levels for your formula and provide ingredient/formula recommendations for compliance. Provide regulation guidance for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products that are sold, supplied, used, or manufactured for sale in California.

 

4. California Cosmetic/Cleaning Product Laws

 

Provide regulatory guidance on Cosmetic Fragrance & Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Bill, Safe Cosmetic Act, Cruelty Free Cosmetics, Cosmetic Consumer Protection Bill (1/1/2025) and Cleaning Products Right to Know Act. Look at any exemptions which may apply and label copy review.

 

5. California Prop 65

 

Determine ingredient compliance for cosmetic/cleaning product formulas.    Explore exemptions with respect to naturally derived ingredients. Calculate safe harbor levels for specific skin/air applications with respect to Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADL) and No Significant Risk Level (NSRL). Provide product risk assessment/tests required regarding past CA settlement agreements. Provide CA codified laws with respect to heavy metals in consumer products.

 

6. Candle Regulations

 

Provide test protocols/labeling for candles with respect to the ASTM standard which is recognized by the CPSC. Also provide delta T minimums to reduce the risk of flash-overs. Harmonize this with EU standards.

 

7. Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA)

 

Provide prohibited items and testing required for the safety and health of consumer products sold in Canada.

 

8. Canada Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act

 

Provide consumer product label requirements for consumer products including bilingual requirements.

 

9. Canada Cosmetic Regulations

 

Provide ingredient list review including restricted/banned ingredients. Review label copy including bilingual requirements. Provide registration requirements.

 

10. CBD (cannabidiol) Regulations

 

Provide current worldwide regulations for CBD use in cosmetics and ingestible products for human/pet consumption. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers CBD to be a drug, and prohibits its use in any food and dietary supplement products. The FDA though are policing companies that sell the product and make aggressive health claims. Recently, they sent warning letters to companies even though no problematic health claims were identified with respect to those products.

 

California recently introduced Assembly Bill 45 which now permits cannabidiol (CBD) to be included in food and dietary supplement products and creates advertising and labeling restrictions. This is a stark departure from the California Department of Public Health’s prior decision to follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on ingestible CBD products, especially as the FDA has become stricter in enforcement.

 

Companies looking to get involved in the CBD market need to remain cognizant of the law/risks before choosing to enter this space.

 

11. CE Mark

 

Determine if your product requires the CE mark for sale in the EU. Provide legal/testing requirements if your product is within the scope of the regulations.

 

12. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

 

Provide regulations, law and standards for your consumer product under Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Can give risk assessment for new and existing products based on prior recalls. Can provide test requirements and  label copy guidance/review for the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA), Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) and other regulations enforced by the CPSC.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requires specific documentation from manufacturers/importers.

 

13. Department of Transportation (DOT)

 

Provide shipping regulations/limits/labeling for non-hazardous and hazardous consumer products. Define laws regarding worldwide shipping restrictions with respect to import/export.

 

14. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

 

Provide ingredient/label review with respect to cleaning, disinfecting, insecticide or sanitizing. Disinfectants and insecticides must be registered with the EPA. Provide ingredient recommendations for cleaners in order to comply with Safer Choice standards. Evaluate compliance with respect to EPA and California Air Resource Board regulations for VOC and composite wood (formaldehyde) products with required labeling. Harmonize with worldwide regulations.

 

15. European Commission (EC)/UK Cosmetic Laws

 

Provide legal requirements for EU Commission, Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009.   This includes banned/restricted ingredients, allergens, harmonized ingredient/product labeling, language, CPNP requirements, Product Information Files and Safety Assessments.

 

16. European Commission Consumer Product Safety Regulations

Determine if your product is within the scope of the General Product Safety Directive. If so, then provide testing/labeling requirements. Also provide previous recalls to determine product risk.

 

17. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

 

Provide labeling requirements/review for consumer products covered by FTC laws. Previous custom holds to provide risk assessment for consumer products.   Determine whether your product can have an unqualified Made in USA claim.

 

18. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for Cosmetic/OTC Products

 

Provide compliance requirements and facility/product registration for the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act(MoCRA) of 2022. Provide formula review with respect to banned/restricted cosmetic ingredients.    Review label copy compliance. If an OTC, then provide the monograph and requirements. GMP requirements. Perform a recall search to determine risk.

 

19. Household, Industrial and Cleaning Products

 

Provide regulatory requirements worldwide for these products.

 

20. Middle East Cosmetic/Hardline Regulations

 

The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia closely follow the EU Cosmetic regulations. We can provide formula/label review/product notification if required. In many cases, a certificate of free sale is used to present to the competent authorities.

 

21. REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals)

 

Evaluate whether chemicals used in your product are meet the criteria for classification as carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) category 1 or 2.     Evaluate whether chemicals used in your product are restricted. Define required label warnings if necessary. Evaluate the chemical reporting exemption based on amount imported/placed into the EU on a yearly basis. Asian countries are starting to implement similar laws as those in the EU.

 

22. Russian Federation Cosmetic/OTC/Hardline Regulations

 

Technical Regulation on the Safety of Cosmetic Products (CU TR 009/2011) is the law used in Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.   Identify whether your product is classed as low risk. Low risk cosmetic products would only have to conform with EAC regulations. No registration required. A certificate of free sale can be used to present to the competent authorities.

Determine if your product requires testing to conform with the technical regulations of the Eurasian Customs Union. If so then the EAC mark must be on the product before being placed on the market. Evaluate the product for compliance with the Consumer Protection Law which imposes strict liability for goods that have caused damage to the health, life or property of a consumer. Provide labeling guidance including required language text.

 

23. South/Latin America Cosmetic/OTC/Hardline Regulations

 

Provide guidance on banned/restricted/approved ingredients for cosmetics.  In addition, provide country specific language requirements for final label copy.    A certificate of free sale can be used to present to the competent authorities.   Can also perform product registration as required. Anvisa regulates cosmetics in Brazil while the CAN cosmetics regulation is in effect for Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. Can provide consumer goods and retail regulations for the region.

 

24. UK Brexit

 

The UK officially left the EU on January 31 2020. During the transition period, until December 31, 2020, EU law remained applicable in the UK. Many of the existing product EU laws have been harmonized within the UK under new laws but now requires separate notifications and markings. The Northern Ireland Protocol helps prevent checks along the land border between Northern Ireland (in the UK) and the Republic of Ireland (in the EU). We can evaluate your product with respect to the new UK laws for compliance.

 

25. Underwriters Lab (UL)

 

UL publishes safety standards for electrical devices and components.  Almost all US retailers require an electrical product to contain a UL listing. Many municipalities also require this. We can determine which UL standard would apply to your product and evaluate the design for conformance. Many components of a UL listed product need to meet minimum requirements as part of the listing.  If buying a product with a UL mark, we can verify if the manufacturer is current with the listing. Can provide guidance for alternative listing with ETL.

 

26. US Consumer Product State law

 

Many states have specific requirements for cosmetics, cleaning and hardline products. Will evaluate your product and define what requirements need to be met.   An example is selling a stuffed pillow. Not only do Federal laws apply but 15 states require registration and the use of a law label.

 

27. Worldwide Recalls to Determine Risk for Consumer Products

 

Can provide a worldwide recall/legal settlement search to determine risk for new and existing products. This allows you to focus on specific tests/legal requirements for the product.

 

Many countries are now clearly defining mandatory consumer/commercial product reporting requirements for qualified violations of product safety.  We can provide guidance on complying with these laws.

 

 

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