Health for humans, animals & plants

Cosmetics update 2024: News on sustainability, green claims, packaging trends, microbiological tests and legal changes


10:00 to 16:30


AGES Wien 22

The cosmetics event is divided into 3 thematic blocks:

The first part of the programme focuses on sustainability and the Green Deal in the cosmetics sector. Part 2 is dedicated to the topics of microbiology and preservation. In the last part, we will inform you aboutlegal changes and innovations in the Cosmetics Regulation and the Codex chapters.


Programme content

  • Part 1: Sustainability and the Green Deal
    • Which "green claims" will soon no longer be permitted and what does the 2023 microplastics ban have to do with cosmetics?
    • Not only the contents, but also the cosmetics packaging should be chosen with the environment in mind.
    • The trend is towards refill packs and self-filling - or no packaging at all.
  • Part 2: Microbiological tests, risks and preservative-free products
    • What is a KBT (preservative load test) and which microbiological reference values apply to cosmetics?
    • Are there cosmetics "without preservatives" and what are microbiologically low-risk cosmetics?
  • Part 3: Legal aspects, reference values and Codex
    • Codex chapter: Liniments and natural cosmetics have been updated.
    • What does "technical avoidability" mean and for which banned substances are there published guideline values?
    • What changes and bans have been adopted recently, and how should allergenic fragrances be labelled in the future when so many new declarable substances are being added?


You are also welcome to send your topic-related questions in advance to The questions collected will be answered by the speakers during the seminar.


Target group

  • Cosmetics manufacturers
  • Cosmetics importers and retailers
  • Interested professionals





Registration information

Please register by 14.11.2024 at the latest.

Limited number of participants!

This event will be held as a face-to-face event.


Technical director and lecturer

DI Gregor Özelt
Head of the Consumer Goods and Cosmetics Department
AGES, Food Safety Business Unit
Institute for Food Safety Vienna


Further lecturers

Dr Karin Gromann
Head of Department
Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection
Section III - Consumer Policy and Consumer Health
Department III/A/6 - Food Safety and Consumer Protection: Material and Technological Risks, Genetic Engineering

Dr Christian Gründling
Managing Director Deputy

Dr Christa Hametner
Expert for commodities
Department of Commodities and Cosmetics
AGES, Food Safety Division
Institute for Food Safety Vienna

DI Martina Helmlinger
Expert Competence Centre Food Chain
AGES, Food Safety Division

DI Joelle Nussbaum
Head of Customer Consultancy
BAV INSTITUT GmbH (accredited testing laboratory for food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies), 77656 Offenburg

Birgit Pelzmann
Consumer Goods and Cosmetics Department
AGES, Food Safety Division
Institute for Food Safety Vienna


More information

To the registration form


10:00 to 16:30


AGES Wien 22

Last updated: 13.04.2023

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