Purextract, the beauty claims and French plant order

Health and beauty claims and the French Plant Order... Are you up to date with European regulations? Today, with Matthieu Rabarot, who was trained as a pharmacist and is now a regulatory engineer with Purextract, we are hoisting the sails to gain an understanding of this regulatory labyrinth.

fotolia 53535208Let’s begin our journey with Regulation (EU) No. 432/2012. Since 14 December 2012, only the authorised claims listed in this regulation may be used, and only if the conditions of use are complied with. This pertains to all health claims which appear on packs of finished products and any other communication tool intended for the general public.

Claims pertaining to plants which are contained in products are a separate case. These are still pending evaluation by the European Union. For the time being, only the claims submitted with the EFSA* are authorised.

Let’s continue along our path, stopping at beauty claims: the queens of nutricosmetics. All claims pertaining to an improvement in appearance – and not physiological functions – are authorised, provided that they have solid bibliographical evidence.

Lastly, let’s stop over at plant regulations. Backed by Synadiet** since 2006, the Order defining the rules applicable to plants present in French food supplements was published in June 2014. It will enter into application from January 2015. This order contains 3 annexes:

Annex 1 contains a list of 540 plants and plant parts which are authorised for use in products.

Annex 2 defines the information to be communicated by ingredient suppliers to their clients regarding the characteristics of plant preparations (manufacturing process, which microbiological controls were performed, etc.). At Purextract, these dossiers will be available to you from November 2014.

Annex 3 pertains to the risk analysis and hazard assessment for the extracts when their use deviates from their traditional use. While maceration of olives leaves falls within traditional use, this is not the case with maceration of pine bark of grape seeds. Certificates for Vitaflavan® and Oligopin® can therefore be sent upon request.

These technical dossiers – veritable marks of confidence for those exploring food supplements – will now make it possible to standardise practices while guaranteeing the quality and safety of plant extracts.

* European Food Safety Authority
** French Food Supplements Association (Syndicat National des Compléments Alimentaires)