The International Legal and Regulatory database is:
The Personal Care Products Council follows, identifies and obtains legal and regulatory documents from all over the world. These documents are translated into English, and added to IRDB. More than 80 countries are currently available and more countries and documents to be added (and updated) on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. Where available, the original language documents are also posted in pdf format.
The current database is comprised of basic health laws, cosmetic regulations, and other government rules governing cosmetic product labeling, composition, registration and more. National and regional standards, industry guidelines, and other documents are also being added. The subject areas have been expanded in some cases to include broader areas, such as packaging laws, environmental rules, advertising codes, and other issues related to the personal care products industry.
For countries that regulate cosmetic ingredients specifically and have lists, IRDB also has an ingredient database where members can obtain regulatory information on individual ingredients and compare them with the regulatory status in one or more countries. CIR evaluated ingredients have been included for the United States in addition to regulated substances. The database is updated continuously.
Easy to search
For maximum versatility and ease of searching, documents can be viewed or printed in their entirety. There is global search capability. Keyword synonyms have been developed so that a search for "warnings" will also find "precautions" for example. For those who are unfamiliar with the legal and regulatory system, a summary for each country where information is available has been included. The country summaries contain many useful links to government agencies and private organization, as applicable.
The new International Cosmetic Legal and Regulatory Database is available on a subscription basis via the Council's homepage, independent of the On-Line.