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Since July 11th, 2013, cosmetics are regulated in the European Union by Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.

The Cosmetics Regulation No. 1223/2009/EC aims at the free movement of cosmetic products within the EEA market but also at ensuring the safety of the users of cosmetic products in Europe.

According to the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009, “cosmetic product” means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with 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 odors.

The assessment of whether a product is a cosmetic product has to be made on a case-by-case assessment, taking into account all characteristics of the product, its intended purpose and label.

Since products have to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity, any product intended to be ingested, inhaled, injected or implanted into the human body would also not be considered a cosmetic product in the EU.

A Responsible Person (RP) is an EU based cosmetic product manufacturer, importer, distributor, or another person established within the EU who has to accept this role in writing. A RP must be designated for each cosmetic product placed on the EU market, which bears its name and address on the label.

The role of the RP is to ensure that the cosmetic products placed on the EU market are safe for use and compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation.

One of the requirements of EU Cosmetics Regulation is that prior to placing the product on the market a safety assessment is carried out. The Regulation specifies that this safety assessment should be in the form of a Cosmetic Product Safety Report.

It is the responsibility of the Responsible Person to ensure that the product undergoes a safety assessment and that a cosmetic product safety report is produced and maintained up-to-date.

The Cosmetic Product Safety Report is the Safety Assessor’s opinion that the product is safe in normal and foreseeable conditions of use and complies with the requirements on safety of the EU Cosmetics Regulation.

The Cosmetic Product Safety Report is composed of two parts:

  • Part A – Cosmetic product safety information (gather all the data necessary for the safety assessment)
  • Part B – Cosmetic product safety assessment (cosmetic Safety Assessor’s opinion on the safety of the product)

 

The Cosmetic Product Safety Report must be prepared and signed by a qualified Safety Assessor, a person in possession of a diploma or other evidence of formal qualifications awarded on completion of a university course of theoretical and practical study in pharmacy, toxicology, medicine or a similar discipline, or a course recognized as equivalent by a Member State.

The Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) is an online notification platform used to submit technical information related to cosmetic products to be marketed in the European Union (EU).

From July 11, 2013 the notification of cosmetics in the CPNP portal became mandatory for all brand owners wishing to legally make their products available on the EU Market.

When a product has been notified in the CPNP, there is no need for any further notification at national level within the EU.

The CPNP is accessible to the following entities:

  • Health Authorities
  • European Poison Centers
  • EU Responsible Persons for Cosmetic Products
  • EU Cosmetic Product Distributors
INDUSTRY NEWS & UPDATES

SCCS Preliminary Opinion on Alpha-Arbutin and Beta-Arbutin

Alpha-arbutin and Beta-arbutin are used in cosmetic with antioxidant, bleaching and skin conditioning functions. Following concerns raised during discussion within the Working Group on Cosmetic Products and consequent call for data on these ingredients, the SCCS assessed the safety of Alpha-arbutin and Beta-arbutin in cosmetic products.

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Request for SCCS Scientific Opinion on Citral

The European Commission requested the SCCS to assess whether the derived safe use levels for Citral by the application of the QRA2 based on the induction of skin sensitization is adequate to protect consumers. A period of 9 months was set for issuing the scientific opinion.

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SCCS Scientific Advice on the Safety of Triclocarban and Triclosan

The European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has published its preliminary version of the scientific advice on the safety of Triclocarban and Triclosan as substances with potential endocrine disrupting properties in cosmetic products. The deadline for comments was set at 27 May 2022.

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Cosmetic Regulation in the Andean Community

In the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), cosmetic products are mainly regulated by Decision 833. All cosmetic products made available in these countries must undergo a Mandatory Sanitary Notification (NSO) and need to be manufactured according to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

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Cosmetic Product Labelling in the European Union

The Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 lays down the mandatory information that needs to be included in the packaging and container of a cosmetic products. In addition to this information, most cosmetic products include certain claims, which must be supported and properly substantiated.

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