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New EU Cosmetic Regulation Effective July 11, 2013

May 30, 2013

The new European Union Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 comes into force on July 11, 2013, repealing European Community legislation Directive 76/768/EEC and all national implementations.

In addition to redefining roles and responsibilities of manufacturers and distributors, the Regulation introduces several including; requirements concerning good manufacturing of cosmetic products (GMP), labeling rules, Requirements for Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic for Reproduction (CMR) substances, nanomaterials, notification vigilance and reporting of adverse events, packaging, advertising, and claims.

The Regulation also introduces a new and more comprehensive Safety Assessment, as well as a new set of documentation to be readily accessible to the Competent Authority, now known as the Product Information File.

Why It Matters
Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 helps to clarify several aspects of the European Cosmetic legislation, and the introduction of the new requirements helps to increase the level of protection of human health.

Effective July 11, 2013, the Regulation will be the point of reference for the manufacturing, import, and distribution of cosmetic products across the 31 Countries of the European Union and European Economic area.

How UL Can Help
From testing the purity of raw ingredients and the stability and purity of finished goods, to helping ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, to measuring consumer acceptability, UL's consumer product solutions provide full-cycle supply chain quality assurance for your cosmetic products.

To learn how UL's quality assurance programs for children's products and chemical management services can help ensure regulatory compliance for every country in which you source or sell, click Contact UL at the top of the page and a UL representative will follow up with you soon.