Cosmetic Safety and Compliance in the UK & Europe
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The EU Cosmetic Regulation EC 1223/2009 came into force in 2009 and was fully implemented in July 2013.
Along with Europe, the UK is governed by the EU Cosmetic Regulation.
Connect Compliance and Brexit: In addition to our UK company, Connect Compliance has established a subsidiary company in another EU member state. We are prepared and ready to adapt to future changes in the regulatory framework if required. For example, should a separate Responsible Person and Product Information File (PIF) be required in both the EU and also UK then we already have this covered.
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A cosmetic product as defined by the Regulation means ‘any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours’ Article 2.1(a).
The Regulation sets out the requirements on how cosmetic product safety is to be achieved by ensuring raw materials are fit for their intended purpose, products are made according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the final product is assessed by a qualified person to ensure it is safe.
The Regulation defines the role of the Responsible Person. The Responsible Person has legal responsibility for products put onto the EU market and they must be based in Europe. Their duties include ensuring:
- A Product Information File (PIF) is in place, readily accessible and kept for 10 years after the last batch of the product was placed on the market
- The Product is safety assessed by a qualified person
- Product labels are compliant
- Product claims are substantiated
- Products are notified to the European Commission’s database, the Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP) prior to being placed on the market
- Post market surveillance