Legislation & Guidelines
What are the cosmetic regulations?
Labelling requirements regarding to:
- Corporate name, Country of origin (for a product outside the EU)
- Minimum durability (by a symbol or best before date)
- The batch number of manufacturer or the reference for identifying the cosmetic product.
- Required precautionary information, precaution symbols, list of ingredients.
Can be found in Article 4 of the Commodities Decree on cosmetic products.
Safety file requirements for cosmetic products:
- Composition of the product
- Purity of ingredients
- Microbiological specifications
- Safety assessment
- Justification of a cosmetic claim (example: “anti-wrinkle”)
Can be found in Article 6 of the Commodities Decree on cosmetic products.
Before a company can manufacture a cosmetic product in the EU or if you are the first to import it into the European Union, you must send a notification to the European Commission via the Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP).
Companies who sent a notification earlier to the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, must one-time notify their products again before 11 Juli 2013 via the CPNP.
The Cosmetics Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 requires that all cosmetic products placed on the European market comply with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) set by the ISO 22716 standard.
Many importers require a GMP Certificate or certificate of their manufacturer or third party before they will import products.
New European Legislation
Note: The REGULATION (EC) No 1223/2009 has been in force since 11 july 2013: findable in Google with keyword “1223 2009”
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