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Inventory of ingredients

Inventory of Ingredients

Council Directive 93/35/EEC of 14 June 1993, the so-called "sixth amendment" to the Cosmetics Directive, provides that the Commission shall compile an inventory of ingredients employed in cosmetic products, on the basis in particular of information supplied by the industry concerned.

On 8 May 1996, the Commission adopted Decision 96/335/EC establishing an inventory and a common nomenclature of ingredients employed in cosmetic products. The inventory is purely indicative and shall not constitute a list of substances authorized for use in cosmetic products (Art. 5a.3 of the Cosmetics Directive).

Section 1 of this decision has been updated by Commission Decision 2006/257/EC of 09 February 2006 amending Decision 96/335/EC establishing an inventory and a common nomenclature of ingredients employed in cosmetic products .

For the date of application of this latest Decision see: Communication of the Commission concerning the date of mandatory application of the updated inventory and common nomenclature of ingredients employed in cosmetic products (2007/C 10/07) (Official Journal C10 of 16.1.2007 p. 5.).

According to Art. 6.1(g) of the Cosmetics Directive, an ingredient included on the list used for labelling of cosmetic products must be identified by the common name referred to in Art. 7(2) or, failing that, by one of the names referred to in Art. 5a(2), first indent.

Art. 2 of the Commission Decision 96/335/EC states that the INCI (International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient) names contained in the inventory shall constitute the common nomenclature for the purpose of Art. 7(2) of Cosmetics Directive.

The inventory is divided into a general introduction, a section 1 (cosmetic ingredients other than perfume and aromatic raw materials) and a section 2 (perfume and aromatic raw materials).

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