New EU Guidelines on Cosmetic Product Safety by Nick Boley
November 26, 2013, 12:15
Filed under: Cosmetics, EU Information, EU Regulation/Legislation | Tags: ,

The European Commission has published a Commission Implementing Decision which provides Guidelines on Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products.

The guidelines make it clear what the obligations of manufacturers and importers of cosmetic products are, and what should be contained within the Cosmetic Product Safety Report. In particular, the following should be noted:

  • Section 3.1. states that the quantitative and qualitative composition of the product should be provided, including details on each component, whether a raw material, mixture, well-defined substance, etc.
  • Section 3.2 requires that the physical/chemical characteristics and stability of the cosmetic product are given. This includes properties such as molecular weight, solubility and purity. Furthermore, particle size distribution information, especially for nanomaterials, should be provided.
  • Section 3.4 requires that information on whether the cosmetic product contains substances that have not been intentionally added to the formulation, and which may have an impact on its safety, are present.

It can be seen from these guidelines that manufacturers or companies trading in these products, need to have access to high quality analytical testing facilities to cover the range of issues highlighted. These facilities should, ideally, be covered by ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation so that data produced is accepted across borders.


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