- Regulatory framework
- Scientific and technical assessment
- Cosmetic products
- Ban on animal testing
- Cooperation and trade
Scientific and technical assessment
The Cosmetics Directive requires that every cosmetic product placed on the market in Europe is safe to use. The manufacturer must ensure that cosmetic products undergo an expert scientific safety assessment before they are launched for sale.
The safety of cosmetics is the prime concern of the EU cosmetics legislation. The Commission is advised by scientific committees on issues related to the safety and allergenic properties of cosmetic products and ingredients.
Scientific research and innovation are key drivers for the cosmetics industry. Manufacturers employ thousands of scientists to discover new, more efficient cosmetic ingredients and formulations, and develop products with unique properties meeting consumer desires. It can take several years to launch a new product on the market and the manufacturer is responsible for testing and safety evaluation of the new product.
The competent authorities in each Member State are in charge of reviewing the safety assessments and checking products already on the market. The testing of cosmetic products is carried out by national laboratories in accordance with the requirements set out in the analytical methods.