“My Lucky is not a fender”. The Safe Pet Cosmetics specification puts an end to the absurd car wash equation. Iv San Bernard first certified company
“Lucky is not a fender. My four-legged friend assimilated to the sheet metal of a car? We don’t even talk about it”. This could be the reaction of the owner or the owner of a pet when buying cosmetics for his dog or cat friend, in view of the regulatory gap which – to date – does not make it possible to distinguish a cosmetic product for animals from car detergent.
Despite the growing importance of the different types of cosmetics for animals, and the double-digit growth of the market recorded for years, there is to date no specific legislation regulating these products, contrary to what can be seen in the field of drugs and medical devices. These products are in fact classified as over-the-counter products and therefore assimilated to generic chemical products such as detergents for cleaning the car, without there being any real protection (in composition and therefore in safety) against the animals to which they are destined. . And if it is true that the activity is not yet regulated, the responsibility of companies and their image are directly involved.
“To date, there is no specific legislation regulating cosmetics for animals. Therefore, in general, we refer to consumer protection criteria such as the European directive on over-the-counter products, the regulations in force on chemical products (labelling) and those relating to the criticality of cosmetics, a category very regulated. – says Sara Palombella, Pharma & Cosmetics Product Leader of Bureau Veritas Italia – This creates a paradox: on the one hand, cosmetics for animals are classified as chemical products, comparable to the detergent that I can use for the car; on the other hand, companies that operate in the sector to prove the high level of quality of their product carry the same wording on the label of cosmetics for humans, even if they are not, creating great confusion among consumers who see pet products indistinguishable from these “humans”.
“The current situation is that the current legislation has a clear gap. In this way, neither the health of animals nor that of people is protected,” adds Sara Palombella.
To deal with this contradiction, Bureau Veritas Italia collaborated with Angel Consulting, with the involvement of regulatory and toxicological skills, both human and veterinary, in drafting the “Safe Pet Cosmetics” specifications, thus becoming its first certification.
These specifications aim to promote corporate behavior guaranteeing a degree of safety of cosmetic products for animals comparable to that expected for humans and to promote the commitment to spread the culture of animal protection with appropriate certification.
And from today, a first company can take advantage of this certification: Bureau Veritas Italia has verified compliance with the specifications and issued the first “Safe Pet Cosmetics” certificate to the Tuscan company Iv San Bernard, active in the cosmetics sector for more than 25 years, with around ten cosmetic lines for dogs and cats sold in more than 30 countries.
Thanks to the certification, the company Iv San Bernard acquired the right to use the mark “Safe Pet Cosmetics” on the certified products.