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CosIng – Inventory of ingredients

CosIng – Inventory of ingredients

Council Directive 93/35/EEC, the so-called 'sixth amendment' to the Cosmetics Directive, requires the European Commission to compile an inventory of ingredients used in cosmetic products, on the basis of information supplied by the industry. According to Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 the Commission shall compile an update a glossary of common ingredient names.

The Inventory is purely indicative and does not constitute a list of substances authorised for use in cosmetic products. It is divided into 2 sections:

  • Section 1 – cosmetic ingredients other than perfume and aromatic raw materials;
  • Section 2 – perfume and aromatic raw materials.

The inventory must contain:

  • information concerning the identity of the ingredient, notably the INCI (ex CFTA), Ph. Eur., INN, IUPAC, and chemical names; and the EINECS/ELINCS, CAS, and Colour Index numbers
  • common name of the ingredient referred to in Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009
  • ingredients’ functions and any mandatory restrictions, conditions of use, and warnings.

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Directive 93/35/EEC makes it mandatory to indicate the function of a cosmetic product and a list of ingredients on the product and/or packaging.

This Directive also allows EU countries to require that the ingredients be indicated in a language easily understood by the consumer and that the Commission adopt a common ingredients nomenclature.

This common nomenclature will make it possible to identify the substances by using a unique name in all EU countries. Consumers will easily be able to recognise substances which they have been advised to avoid (for example because of allergies), no matter where they buy their cosmetic products in the EU.

According to Decision 2006/257/EC (amending Decision 96/335/EC), all the INCI (International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient) names contained in the inventory shall constitute the common nomenclature for the purpose of Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.

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