As you are no doubt aware, the new Cosmetic Regulation (1223/2009 and subsequent amendments) came into force on the 11th of July 2013. We have tried to simplify below how the regulation may effect you. However, we do not expect you to suddenly become experts in this area and are here to help you with any queries you may have. The information we have provided you with is intended to act as a guide and therefore we recommend you may wish to seek additional legal advice regarding your own product requirements.
Further helpful links to the full current UK and EU legislation and the new EU Cosmetics Regulation, plus accompanying guidelines, can be found on the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) website under the section ‘the laws‘.
The laws apply to products intended for sale and those given away free, as this is considered to be a commerical enterprise. As always, ignorance of the law is no excuse and no defence; and the penalties for non-compliance can be severe, with heavy fines and even periods of imprisonment options open to the courts. See also the section on enforcement.
Below are the key areas of the regulation. Please see links for further details of what is required within each area: