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Cosmetic ingredients database - CosIng

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CosIng is the European Commission database  with information on cosmetic ingredients contained in the:

CosIng also allows for search for the relevant CAS, ELINCS or EINECS numbers.

CosIng includes all data since the adoption of the Cosmetics Directive in 1976. Therefore the current data are mentioned as "active" and the historical data as "not active". However, references to scientific opinions of the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety are restricted to those published on the internet.

Moreover, the online European Chemical Substances Information System (ESIS) enables you to find general information concerning chemical substances such as EINECS/ELINCS number, CAS number, substance name, chemical formula or structure, as well as classification and labelling according to Directive 67/548/EC.

In order to find out information about INCI-names, please consult the Personal Care Products Council website.

Important notice

Please note that ingredients assigned with an INCI name which appear in CosIng (Inventory Section) are not necessarily actually used in cosmetic products nor are they approved for such use. However, for ingredients used in cosmetic products as colorants, preservatives and UV filters, only those authorized in Annexes IV, VI, respectively VII to Directive 76/768/EEC are listed in CosIng.

CosIng may contain ingredients known to be used in medicinal products.

If thanks to such ingredients a product restores, corrects, or modifies physiological functions by exerting a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic action, the product shall be qualified as a medicinal product. However, products that, while having an effect on the human body, do not significantly affect the metabolism and thus do not strictly modify the way in which it functions, may be qualified as cosmetic products.

The qualification of a product has to be decided by the national competent authorities, under the supervision of the courts, on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all the characteristics of the product .

In addition to the above, the use of an ingredient in cosmetic products must be supported by the safety assessment of the product.

Search cosmetic ingredients in the CosIng database

For safety-related restriction of ingredients you have to consult the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC, and in particular its Art. 2, and its annexes.

Last update: 15/07/2010 | Top