Introduction to Cosmetics in the EU Market
The EU Market is the largest and most desired export market in the world for cosmetic and personal care products. In 2017 alone, personal care product sales accounted for 77.6 billion euros.
The complexity of the regulatory framework in Europe and the ongoing updates related especially to ingredients used in cosmetic products might challenge Brand Owners in having their products effectively placed on the EU Market without the support and assistance of a professional EU Responsible Person.
From July 11, 2013, the Cosmetic Regulation EC 1223/2009 became fully applicable in the EU as the main legal framework for cosmetic products.
On November 3, 2021, the European Commission published the Omnibus Act IV. Regulation (EU) 2021/1902 aims at including in Annex II to the EU Cosmetics Regulation those substances that have been classified as CMR in the latest amendment of the CLP Regulation, dated May 19, 2020.
The bans will apply as of March 1, 2022! They will affect not only new products but also cosmetics already on shelves on the EU market that will need to be withdrawn.
- Cosmetics Regulation EC 1223/2009 overview
- Cosmetics Regulation EC 1223/2009 – legal text
- Cosmetic products on the UK market
- Cosmetic Importers / Distributors
- Things to know when you are importing cosmetic product to the EU
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