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Review of Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC

A simplification of Council Directive 76/768/EEC of 27 July 1976 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cosmetic products (the "Cosmetics Directive") was announced in the Commission Communication "Implementing the Community Lisbon programme: A strategy for the simplification of the regulatory environment" pdf

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[318 KB] and in the Commission's Annual Policy Strategy for 2007 and in the Commission's Legislative and Work Program 2007 . The aim is to simplify the legal framework for economic activities in the EU which was identified as one of the key issues on the better regulation agenda in the Commission Communication "Better regulation for growth and jobs in the European Union".

The Commission has proposed to simplify the Cosmetics Directive in the form of a recast, i.e. a legislative technique which enables to codify a legislative text and its amendments and to introduce substantive improvements. The website of the Legal Service of the European Commission offers more information on the recast-technique.

It shall be emphasised at the outset that, in its proposal, the Commission does not propose any changes to the rules relating to animal testing which were added to the Cosmetics Directive by the "seventh amendment" pdf - 144 KB [144 KB]

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in 2003 (cf. Article 4a, Article 6(3), second sub-paragraph, Article 7a(1)(h) and Article 9 of the Cosmetics Directive).

The New Cosmetic Products Regulation

On 30 November 2009, was adopted the new Cosmetic Products Regulation, EU Regulation 1223/2009 pdf

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, replacing the Cosmetics Directive.

With the new Cosmetics Regulation Europe is having a robust, internationally recognised regime, which reinforces product safety taking into consideration the latest technological developments, including the possible use of nanomaterials.

Most of the provisions of this new regulation will be applicable as from 11 July 2013. The ban and the strict regime aiming at phasing out animal testing were not modified.

You may consult: The European Parliament website - The Council's register of public documents - The Council press release

The Commission proposal

The Commission proposal for a "Cosmetics Regulation" was adopted on 5 February 2008. The launch of the public consultation was announced by a press release.

The Commission has proposed to simplify the Cosmetics Directive in the form of a recast, i.e. a legislative technique which enables to codify a legislative text and its amendments and to introduce substantive improvements. The website of the Legal Service of the European Commission offers more information on the recast-technique.

It shall be emphasised at the outset that, in its proposal, the Commission does not propose any changes to the rules relating to animal testing which were added to the Cosmetics Directive by the " seventh amendment pdf

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" [144 KB] in 2003 (cf. Article 4a, Article 6(3), second sub-paragraph, Article 7a(1)(h) and Article 9 of the Cosmetics Directive).

The proposal has been submitted to the European Parliament and the Council who engage in co-decision procedure. You find an overview of this procedure here.

To follow the proposal in the different steps of the procedure, please consult the "legislative observatory" of the European Parliament or PreLex, the EU-database on interinstitutional procedures.

Impact assessment report

On the basis of the responses to this public consultation, as well as several Commission studies, the Commission has engaged into an extensive impact assessment. A draft of the impact assessment has undergone review by the impact assessment board. In its opinion of 31 August 2007, the impact assessment board approved the impact assessment report subject to some modifications.

Final impact assessment report on the simplification of the Cosmetics Directive published on 5 February 2008.

Executive summary of the impact assessment report

Public consultation

A public consultation on the simplification of the Cosmetics Directive pdf - 63 KB [63 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr) was launched on 12 January 2007 and closed on 16 March 2007.

The launch of the public consultation was announced by a press release. A summary of the responses to the public consultation is contained as Annex 1 to the impact assessment report.

Responses to public consultation

You find here the responses from stakeholders to the public consultation on the revision of the Cosmetics Directive, launched in 2007.

Note, that 7 stakeholders requested confidential treatment of the submission.

Last update: 13/07/2010 | Top