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USAID Holds Fifth Cosmetics Standardization Workshop Organized by ANSI with ARSO and PCPC


In an effort to underscore the importance of harmonization of cosmetics standards across Africa, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Standards Alliance, hosted the fifth webinar in the "Cosmetics Standardization Web-series" (launched in March 2021). The November 23 online event was organized by ANSI, the Africa Organization for Standardization (ARSO), and the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC).

The workshop included a thorough review of existing international standards, best practices, safety requirements, and in-market testing for the cosmetics sector. Past workshop series speakers joined a panel discussion, providing participants with an opportunity to network, engage, and ask questions. The Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) further collaborated with ARSO by sharing some of its experiences on implementation of a recent cosmetics standard, GSO 1943/2021.

The event had 65 participants and featured 11 expert speakers from the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Expert speakers included three representatives from two U.S.-based organizations including ANSI members Proctor & Gamble and PCPC.

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations.

The Institute represents and serves the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For more information, visit


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