The cosmetics legislation covers a wide range of products, such as make-up, perfume, hair dyes, sun lotion and products for personal hygiene, e.g., tooth-care products, shampoo and soap. In order to avoid health risks, e.g., allergic reactions, the EU has adopted legislation and guidelines for the manufacture and labelling of cosmetic products. A central element of these efforts is the reduction of  health risks for cosmetic products and more access to information for the public.

The legislative framework for the safety and placing on the market of cosmetic products is Regulation (EU) 1223/2009. This legislation has been incorporated into Annex II, Chapter XVI of the EEA Agreement.

This product sector is the responsibility of the Working Group on Technical Barriers to Trade, assisted by the Expert Group on Cosmetics.

See also:

DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) - Cosmetics

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Seminar on the European Economic Area - Brussels 13 September 2018