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European Cosmetic Regulations

SpecialChem / SpecialChem – Nov 28, 2012

The Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC and its amendments regulate the manufacture of cosmetics in Europe. These are designed to protect consumers by ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products. In the UK this Directive is implemented as the The Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2008 and the legislation is enforced by local Trading Standards Officers. As of July 2013 this will be superseded by the EC Cosmetics Regulation No. 1223/2009 which will apply in all 27 EU countries. The main requirements are:Product Information File: Every cosmetic must legally have its own "Product Information File" which holds all the required information relating to the cosmetic in paper or electronic format; Product Safety Assessment: To ensure human safety, every cosmetic product must have a safety assessment performed by a duly qualified professional before it is placed on the market; Notification: By July 2013 all products which are on the market in Europe at that time, both new and existing, must have been notified to the EU authorities.; Pack Labeling: Cosmetics must be labeled with specific information; Ingredient Restrictions: Prohibited substances that are not allowed to be used in cosmetic products and Ingredient Labeling: The labels on all cosmetic and personal care products must contain a list of ingredients used.

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