From today new EU Rules are combating misleading information and putting safer cosmetics on EU shelves


As of today, cosmetics on shop shelves, both manufactured in the EU and imported from third countries, should be fully compliant with the Cosmetics Regulation ensuring strengthened safety standards and providing better information for the consumers. 

Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for Consumer Policy, said: "From daily essentials like toothpaste to that little luxury of a new lipstick or aftershave, consumers are now better protected and have clearer information about the cosmetics they buy. The new rules also make enforcement easier, bringing greater peace of mind and confidence in the products purchased."

Greater confidence should benefit producers as well as consumers.

The most significant changes introduced by the Cosmetics Regulation adopted by Council and Parliament in 2009 include:

  • Strengthened safety requirements for cosmetic products.
  • Introduction of the notion of responsible person.
  • Centralized notification of all cosmetic products placed on the EU market.
  • Introduction of reporting of serious undesirable effects.
  • New rules for the use of nanomaterials in cosmetic products.

Read the whole press release via the link on the right side of this page.