Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009/EC
Cosmetics on the European market are regulated by the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009/EC. This regulation took effect in July 2013 and replaced the old Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EC). The core of the Cosmetics Regulation is that cosmetics have to be safe. The use of cosmetic products may not harm the health of human beings. Stringent requirements regarding the safety and documentation of a cosmetic product are stipulated in the Cosmetics Regulation. Each product on the European Market has to comply with these requirements. As the manufacturer, you bear the responsibility for ensuring that your products comply with the legislation.
A brief explanation of the most important components of the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009/EC is provided below.