EU countries are responsible for the surveillance of their own markets for cosmetics. In order to ensure a coherent approach to consumer products issues, the market surveillance authorities of all EU countries established the Platform of European Market Surveillance Authorities for Cosmetics (PEMSAC).
The aim of this network is to facilitate cooperation by:
The members of PEMSAC are the representatives of market surveillance authorities in all EU countries. They meet twice a year in plenary and in two technical groups dealing with market surveillance and analytical methods.
One area where EU countries should cooperate and exchange information is on serious undesirable effects attributable to cosmetics use. EU Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products ('Cosmetics Regulation') created the basis for a uniform approach for the communication of Serious Undesirable Effects (SUE). It provides for:
Data on SUEs forms part of the Cosmetics Product Safety Report (CPSR). The communication of SUEs has been mandatory since 11 July 2013.
To facilitate the implementation of the Cosmetics Regulation and to establish a harmonised communication and management system on SUE throughout the EU, the Commission, in cooperation with EU countries and industry, established special guidelines. The aim of these guidelines is to help ensure harmonised notification of SUE by the responsible person or distributor, and to ensure that SUE notifications are followed-up by national authorities, responsible persons, or distributors.
Three different forms were drawn up for the structured and harmonised submission of all important factors related to SUE: