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Consumers (11-07-2013)

From today new EU Rules are combating misleading information and putting safer cosmetics on EU shelves

As from the 11th of July, cosmetics on shop shelves, both manufactured in the EU and imported from third countries, should be fully compliant with the Cosmetics Regulation ensuring strengthened safety standards and providing better information for the consumers.

The Cosmetics Regulation was adopted in 2009 it replaces the Cosmetics Directive and comes into force after a transition period that allowed industry to adapt to the new rules. European legislation on cosmetics was first adopted 35 years ago and has been substantially revised on no less than 7 occasions.

The most significant changes in the new Cosmetics Regulation include:

  • Strengthened safety requirements for cosmetic products
  • Introduction of the notion of 'responsible person'
  • Centralized notification of all cosmetic products placed on the EU market
  • Introduction of reporting of serious undesirable effects:
  • New rules for the use of nanomaterials in cosmetic products

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