Cosmetic Compliance
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How to Comply with the Cosmetic Regulations in the Middle East

Michael S. Wenk
Thursday , 14th Jul 2022
m4 Global Consulting LLC

The Middle East has long been a relative patchwork of chemical substance regulations, from some countries implementing significant restrictions and requirements on the management of such items to others that appear to employ little-to-no regulation. The landscape for cosmetic products is similarly fragmented, although several countries in the region have taken significant steps to implement regulatory controls on these types of products within their borders.

In this webinar, Mr. Michael S. Wenk, President/Director of m4 Global Consulting LLC, will first examine the regulations applicable to cosmetic products across the Gulf Cooperation Council, and then focus on five countries in the region that have well-developed management, labeling, and notification schemes for such products, namely United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Upon completing the webinar, stakeholders will have a much stronger understanding of how such products are regulated and will be able to more confidently approach the Middle Eastern market.


1. Overview of Middle Eastern Chemical Regulatory Framework

2. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

  • Roles and responsibilities

  • Cosmetic regulations applicable across the GCC

3. United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia

  • Definitions

  • Classification schemes

  • Is Registration required? If so, how?

  • Labeling language, permitted claims, and advertising restrictions

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  • President/Director
    Michael S. Wenk has been directing regulatory affairs at Fortune Global 500 chemical and consumer product firms since 1997. He pairs extensive regulatory expertise with a well-developed understanding of corporate operations, providing a highly unique blend of business operations knowledge and technical acumen to clients globally. Mr. Wenk holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology, with a focus on Government Affairs, from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University/The New Jersey Institute of Technology, from which he graduated cum laude, and an MBA degree from the University of Maryland. Throughout his 25 years in the industry, Mr. Wenk has maintained close interaction with various internal corporate business units and services to develop sound regulatory strategies for a wide variety of products, including several novel applications. Specifically, these processes have involved identifying key regulatory issues within recognized Asia Pacific, South American, Middle Eastern, and European markets, developing cost-benefit analyses for situations where multiple registration and regulation options exist, recommending the most viable path forward to ensure successful registration, and negotiating with local authorities, testing laboratories, and consultants for data provision.