The Working Group on Technical Barriers to Trade, assisted by the Expert Group on Cosmetics is responsible for cosmetics legislation contained in Annex II, Chapter XVI of the EEA Agreement.

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.


See also:

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


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