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Borderline products

Sometimes, in practice, it may be unclear whether particular product is a cosmetic product in the sense of the Cosmetics legislation or whether it falls under other sectoral legislation. In case of these 'borderline products', the decision on product's classification must be taken on a case-by-case basis.

The Commission has published a number of guidance documents to facilitate the application of Community-legislation in these cases. They include a "manual" on the application of Art. 1 Cosmetics Directive, i.e. the definition of "cosmetic product" (see below) and various guidelines on the borderline other sectoral legislations.


Guidance documents on borderline products