New EU Cosmetics Regulation already in effect — nine things for manufacturers and importers to know

By Ludger Giesberts and Thilo Streit

A new European Union (EU) cosmetics regulation, already in effect, more broadly defines what a cosmetic is and changes the EU’s approach to cosmetics safety, holding that a cosmetic product must be safe for human health.

The regulation also places new responsibilities on manufacturers, importers and distributors by creating a system of ‘responsible persons’ who must oversee compliance with the new law. And in another shift, when questions arise over the safety of a cosmetic product, the burden of proof has moved from the government authorities to the responsible person.

Here are nine significant points about the new Cosmetics Regulation that may affect those who manufacture, distribute or import cosmetics for the EU market…

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