Feature Session & Q&A

Chemicals and Cosmetics – a square peg and a round hole?

Time & Location

Wednesday: 11.00 to 12.00, Stage: 1

Session Chair:

John HibbsPrincipal - Argus Consulting

About this Session

Cosmetics are essentially mixtures of chemicals, yet the demands placed on cosmetics and chemicals seem to be increasingly out of step. That we want safe and sustainable cosmetics is without question, yet the requirement placed on chemicals to demonstrate this can be at odds with both Cosmetic regulations, and the codes adopted by cosmetic formulators.  Via short presentations from our expert speakers, and a panel discussion, we will look at the paradox this creates, and ask, is there a way forward?

Session Chair: Dr Nick Dixon, Innospec Ltd, and Chair of BCA Personal Care Group       

Session speakers:

James Dawick, Toxicology and Risk Assessment Manager – Innospec Ltd

John Hibbs, Principal – Argus Consulting

Clare Liptrot, Global Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs Manager – Croda Europe Ltd

John Hibbs is currently enjoying semi-retirement after a 40-year career in the chemical industry. Mainly focussed on surfactants and downstream applications, John worked in a wide range of positions,  including production management, R&D, technical director, market and business development in Asia and Eastern Europe, and finally UK Business manager for Evonik personal care. He has maintained a deep involvement with trade associations and served as president of the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI for 8 years) and was an executive member of CESIO, including 2 years as president. John has a very long-standing partnership with the BCA (formerly BACS) where he has been an executive member for 30 years which included 3 sessions as chair. John now runs his consulting business, Argus Consulting, as well as enjoying life by the sea.