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CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

CosIng provides information listed in:

Additionally, CosIng contains historical information from the 'inventory of cosmetic ingredients' (established by Commission Decision 96/335/EC, repealed with effect from 8 May 2020).

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Important notice

Please note that ingredient assigned with an INCI name that appears in the inventory section of CosIng does not mean it is to be used in cosmetic products nor approved for such use.

Concerning ingredients used in cosmetic products as colorants, preservatives and UV filters, only those authorised in Annexes IV, V, respectively VI to Cosmetic Regulation No 1223/2009 are listed in CosIng

CosIng may also list ingredients known to be used in medicinal products.

If, due to such ingredients, a product restores, corrects, or modifies physiological functions by exerting a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic action, the product shall be qualified as a medicinal product. However, products that, while having an effect on the human body, do not significantly affect the metabolism and thus do not strictly modify the way in which it functions, may be qualified as cosmetic products.

The qualification of a product is to be decided by the national competent authorities, under the supervision of the courts, on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all the characteristics of the product.

In addition, the use of any ingredient in cosmetic products must be supported by a safety assessment of the product.