Revision of the Cosmetic Products Regulation

Cosmetics are widely used in our daily lives, ranging from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup. The EU currently regulates these products, ensuring a high level of protection of human health and intends to further strengthen its legislation.

The Cosmetic Products Regulation that entered into effect in November 2009, applies to all cosmetic products made available on the EU market. It strengthens the safety of cosmetic products and streamlines the framework for all operators in the sector. The regulation simplifies procedures to ensure the functioning of the internal market for cosmetics.

In line with the European Union’s ambitions for a toxic-free environment leading to zero pollution as set out in the European Green Deal, the EU Chemical Strategy for Sustainability has indicated that the Cosmetic Products Regulation and other existing EU Chemical legislation must evolve and respond to the challenges that hamper the sustainable use of chemicals.

To this end, the European Commission has initiated a targeted review of the Cosmetic Products Regulation with the aim of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the current rules on cosmetic products to meet the objectives of the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.

In preparation for the revision of this Regulation, the Commission has initiated a public consultation to gather information, views and experience on how the Cosmetic Product Regulation could be improved in order to ensure human health and the functioning of the internal market.

The following are some of the preliminary measures that the European Commission is proposing:

  • Reviewing the definition of nanomaterial to ensure coherent terminology across chemicals legislation;
  • Changing the way in which specific product label information is provided.

National authorities, business associations and companies including SMEs, NGOs, civil society organisations, academia, individuals, workers associations and trade unions are invited to partake in this online consultation and provide their input by June 21, 2022.