Beginners guide to cosmetics Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009

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We are here to help guide you through the legal requirements you need to follow in order for you to get your product on the market.

(This guide is for products that are to be sold within the EU. For information regarding selling to global markets please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist.)

All cosmetic products that are sold within the EU must comply with current regulations ‘Cosmetic Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009’. The current regulations state that in order to sell a cosmetic product you must provide the following information:

  • A ‘Responsible Person’
  • A ‘Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR)’
  • A ‘Product Information File (PIF)’
  • The Product is labelled correctly including Ingredients with their INCI names allowing with any product warnings
  • Comply with ‘Good Manufacturing Practise (GMP)
  • Register the product information on the ‘Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP)’

So where does Stability testing come into current regulations?

As stated in the above requirements the product will need to have a ‘Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR)’ produced by a qualified Safety Assessor. The CPSR contains all information linked to product safety which includes product stability data along with the appropriate microbiological testing data.

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