Overview of EU cosmetics rules, amendments to the Cosmetics Regulation, guidelines, and claims.
Testing guidance and analytical methods for cosmetic products, and information on scientific committees.
Free online notification system for submitting information about cosmetic products placed on the EU market.
Bilateral cooperation on cosmetic products with China and the United States, and multilateral cooperation with other countries.
Regulatory framework for the phasing out of animal testing for cosmetics purposes, history of the testing ban, and European and international cooperation.
Platform of European market surveillance authorities for cosmetics and guidelines on communicating serious undesirable effects.
Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup. These products are regulated at European level to ensure consumer safety and to secure an internal market for cosmetics.
The EU’s role in cosmetics
Europe is a world leader in the cosmetics industry and dominant cosmetics exporter. The sector is highly innovative and provides significant employment in Europe. The EU’s involvement mainly concerns the regulatory framework for market access, international trade relations, and regulatory convergence. These all aim to ensure the highest level of consumer safety while promoting the innovation and the competitiveness of this sector.
The European Commission is also in contact with cosmetics stakeholders at EU and international level. This cooperation enables the exchange of information and ensures the smoother implementation of EU requirements in the sector.
Product safety and legislation
Regardless of the manufacturing processes or the channels of distribution, cosmetic products placed on the EU market must be safe. The manufacturer is responsible for the safety of their products, and must ensure that they undergo an expert scientific safety assessment before they are sold. A special database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients, called CosIng, enables easy access to data on these substances, including legal requirements and restrictions.
Cosmetics legislation at EU level also
- requires that all products to be marketed in the EU must be registered in the cosmetic products notification portal (CPNP) before being placed on the market
- requires that some cosmetic products are given special attention from regulators due to their scientific complexity or higher potential risk to consumer health
- ensures that there is a ban on animal testing for cosmetic purposes
- makes EU countries responsible for market surveillance at national level
List of national competent authorities for cosmetics, poison centres and other relevant authorities (21 KB)