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Analytical methods

Directive 76/768/EEC provides for the official testing of cosmetic products with the aim of ensuring that the conditions prescribed pursuant to Community provisions concerning the composition of the cosmetic products are satisfied.

Effective in-market control by Member States ensures that only cosmetic products which conform to the provisions of the Cosmetics Directive and its Annexes are on the market.

Inspectors appointed at national level may visit department stores, supermarkets, small shops and market stalls to check the products being sold. If necessary, these inspectors may take any product from the market to official laboratories to be tested for compliance with EU regulations. Article 8 (1) of Directive 76/768/EEC provides for the determination of the methods of analysis necessary for checking the composition of cosmetic products.

A certain number of methods of analysis have already been validated at European level and accepted as official methods and described in seven Commission Directives on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to methods of analysis necessary for checking the composition of cosmetic products. This means that official testing of cosmetic products by laboratories of any kind (national, control, etc.) have to be carried out in accordance with the European official methods described in these Directives.

Last update: 13/07/2010 | Top