EU Regulatory Framework
If you are importing cosmetic products to the EU, or manufacturing in the EU, you are obliged to follow up the EU regulation prior to placing any cosmetic products on the market. On 11th July 2013, the new EU regulation 1223/2009 came into force to replace the old directive 76/768/EC with aim to simplify, and provide a robust and harmonized approach in all countries in the EU zone.
What is a cosmetic product?
According to Article 2.1 (a) of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, “cosmetic product means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours.”
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Are you an importer and not sure where to start:
If your original documents are not in English or your manufacturer is not sure about the required documents, we will be there for you in all the communications and act as part of your team.
We provide you all the necessary guidance. You can also apply for safety assessment service (CPSR), choose us as your “Responsible Person” for your brand, Label Check, and CPNP registration. After these procedures you are ready to place your products on the market.
What happens if my cosmetic products don't comply with the Regulations?
These Regulations are made under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. Failure to comply could result in goods being seized and prosecution. On conviction the Courts may impose a fine or imprisonment or both. In case of product non-compliance, the responsible person shall take measures to render it compliant, withdraw it from the market or recall it to the manufacturing company in all Member States where the product is available.
Where the responsible person does not take all appropriate measures, the competent national authorities may take the necessary corrective measures.