Implementation of the EU Cosmetics Regulation

Dr Annelie Struessmann

The article ‘The Individual Safety Assessment – a Practical Approach towards Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009’1 was published in the October 2011 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries. It depicts in a short form the key requirements towards the safety assessment of cosmetics resulting from the new EU Regulation No. 1223/2009 on Cosmetic Products (CPR) and its Annex I. The article is a comprehensive summary of the contents of last year’s In-Cosmetics’ regulatory seminar which was presented in Milano by Annelie Struessmann, CONUSBAT, and colleagues from the cosmetics industry. One milestone towards the implementation of the CPR and its safety assessment provisions was reached in January of this year by the opening of the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP). The CPNP is an electronic tool which allows performing the mandatory notification of cosmetic products centrally at the EU Commission’s level; as such it will replace all actually existing 27 national notification procedures of the EU member states resulting from the old Cosmetics Directive. A communication of the EU commission informed about the introduction of the CPNP and the respective user manual2. At the point of notification at the CPNP, a safety assessment as described in the C&T article has to be available in written format. For an interim period between January 2012 and June 2013 the notifications from both legal frameworks, the old Cosmetics Directive and the new CPR, are valid. With the completed implementation of the CPR on July 11, 2013, all products on the market have to be notified acc. to the CPR provisions and as such at the CPNP; this applies to new cosmetic products and retroactively also to products which had been notified already acc. to the provisions of the old Cosmetics Directive. 1

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