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Inventory of Ingredients - More information on sections 1 and 2

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).

Council Directive 93/35/EEC of 14 June 1993 amending for the sixth time Directive 76/768/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cosmetic products (hereafter called "Cosmetic products Directive") provides that the Commission shall, under the procedure involving the Committee on Adaptation to Technical Progress referred to in Article 10 of Directive 76/768/EEC, compile an inventory of ingredients employed in cosmetic products, on the basis in particular of information supplied by the industry concerned. The Inventory shall be indicative and shall not constitute a list of substances authorized for use in cosmetic products.

The inventory must be divided into two sections concerning:

  • perfume and aromatic raw materials;
  • other substances.

The inventory must contain information concerning the identity of the ingredient, notably: the INCI (ex CFTA), Ph. Eur., INN, IUPAC and chemical names, the EINECS/ELINCS, CAS and Colour Index numbers, the common name referred to in Article 7(2) of the amended Directive 76/768/EEC, as well as the ingredient's functions and any mandatory restrictions, conditions of use and warnings.

In addition to the relevance of having information on the ingredients used in cosmetic products, whose safety has to be guaranteed, the inventory must be seen in the context of the obligation laid down by the new Article 6(1) (Article 1(7) of Directive 93/35/EEC) which makes it mandatory to indicate on the product and/or packaging (for the list) the function of the product and the list of ingredients as of 1 January 1997 for cosmetic products placed on the market.

Directive 93/35/EEC also provides that Member States may require that the ingredients be indicated in a language easily understood by the consumer and that to this end the Commission must adopt a common ingredients nomenclature in accordance with the CATP procedure (Article 1(10) of Directive 93/35/EEC amending Article 7(2) of Directive 76/768/EEC).

This common nomenclature will make it possible to identify the substances by using a unique name in all the Member States with the result that consumers will easily be able to recognise substances which they have been advised to avoid (for example because of allergies), no matter where they buy cosmetic products in the European Union.

Pursuant to Commission Decision of 8 May 1996 (OJ L 132/1/6/96), all the INCI names constitute the common nomenclature.

The inventory proposed by the Commission includes the two sections provided for in Directive 93/35/EEC,

  • a list of cosmetic ingredients other than perfume and aromatic raw materials (section 1); and
  • a list of perfume and aromatic raw materials (section 2).

The proposed inventory is the best that could be achieved in the very short time limits imposed by Directive 93/35/EEC. The aim was that it should be sufficiently complete to permit cosmetic products to be labelled and also as correct and detailed as possible.

However, Article 1(4)(3) of Directive 93/35/EEC specifies that the inventory must be periodically updated.

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