Cosmetic Testing Companies in the European Union

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Cosmetic Testing Companies in the European Union

Before a cosmetic product is placed in the EU market, a safety assessment of the cosmetic product must be conducted and a cosmetic product safety report drafted.

Some cosmetics testing companies can help in performing the necessary testing to verify that your product doesn’t contain banned substances – and compiling the documents needed to create the cosmetic product safety report.

In this article, we list companies that claim to have lab testing facilities in the EU and provide testing services for cosmetic products according to the provisions in the Cosmetic Products Regulation.

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Cosmetic Product Safety Reports in the European Union

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Cosmetic Product Safety Reports in the European Union
All cosmetic products must be subject to a safety assessment before being sold in EU markets. A key document that is produced during this stage is the Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) which is required to ultimately place the product in the market.

In this guide, we address common questions concerning the CPSR, unveil the individuals and businesses that are necessarily involved with its production, and provide a list of companies that provide related services.
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Responsible Person for Cosmetic Products in the EU

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Responsible Person for Cosmetic Products in the EU
The key role when placing cosmetic products in EU markets is that of the responsible person. Without the responsible person assigned to the cosmetic product, it would not be possible to legally sell it within the EU.

In this guide, we address common questions associated with this role and explain what importers and manufacturers must know about the duties of the responsible person.
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Hair Care Regulations in the European Union

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Hair Care Regulations in the European Union
This guide covers requirements for hair care products, such as hair sprays and hair lotions. We primarily explain the Cosmetic Products Regulation regulates substances in hair care products. We also explain the relevance of other regulations such as REACH, and the POPs Regulation in the context of hair care products.

Methodology: We provide examples of hair care products mentioned in Annexes II to V of the Cosmetic Products Regulation. Additionally, we list examples of banned and restricted substances from the following sources:

a. Annex II to V of the Cosmetic Products Regulation (only substances for which hair care products are mentioned)

b. Commission Decision (EU) 2021/1870 establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for cosmetic products and animal care products (only substances for which hair care products are mentioned)
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Skincare Regulations in the European Union

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Skincare Regulations in the European Union

This guide covers requirements for skincare products, such as body lotion and soap. While we mainly focus on the Cosmetic Products Regulation and how it relates to skin care products, we also cover other relevant regulations, that is the REACH Regulation, the POPs Regulation, and Commission Decision (EU) 2021/1870.

Methodology: We list examples of skincare products provided in Annexes II to V of the Cosmetic Products Regulation. Also, we list examples of restricted substances from the following sources:

a. Annex II of the Cosmetic Products Regulation

b. Annex III to V of the Cosmetic Products Regulation (only substances for which skincare products are specifically mentioned)

c. Commission Decision (EU) 2021/1870 establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for cosmetic products and animal care products (only substances for skincare care products are specifically mentioned)
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Cosmetic Substance Restrictions in the European Union

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Cosmetic Substance Restrictions in the European Union

Cosmetics made for the EU market must comply with certain substance restrictions. Some substances are prohibited, while limits apply to others. In some cases, there are also positive substance restrictions, in the sense that only certain substances can be used.

In short, understanding the status of the substances used in your cosmetic products is essential when selling in the EU. This guide takes a closer look at these restrictions in the Cosmetic Products Regulation, REACH, and the POPs regulation.

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Cosmetic Notification Requirements in the European Union

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Cosmetic Notification Requirements in the European Union
The Cosmetic Products Regulation states that the responsible person (e.g., the manufacturer or importer) must use the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) to notify the EU regarding their cosmetic products, as well as nanomaterials used in cosmetic products.

In this guide, we explain the notification requirements as described in the Cosmetic Products Regulation.
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Cosmetic Products Labelling Requirements in the European Union

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Cosmetic products sold in the European Union must be labelled according to the provisions of the Cosmetic Products Regulation. Cosmetic labels must, for example, contain information about the company selling the product, content, batch number, and intended use.

Thera are also restrictions concerning product claims, and requirement related to precautions and warnings.

Further, we also cover labelling requirements that are part of regulations other than the Cosmetic Products Regulation, but that are still applicable to cosmetic products.

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EU Cosmetic Products Regulation: An Essential Guide

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The Cosmetic Products Regulation establishes requirements for cosmetic products in the European Union, such as makeup, hair care products, skin care products, and more.

In this guide we break down the requirements of the Cosmetic Products Regulation, including substance restrictions, safety assessment, labelling, and documentation.

In addition, we also list other regulations that are relevant to cosmetics, such as the REACH regulation and CLP regulation.

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Microplastic Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that can be found in consumer products such as cosmetics, or toothpaste.

The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015f amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act to prohibit microbeads, which are a type of microplastics that are intentionally added to products such as rinse-off cosmetics. The reason is that microplastics can end up in waterways and harm fish and other marine life.

In this guide, we explain what microplastics are, which products may contain them, and how the FDA and various state regulations restrict some types of microplastics from being used in products.
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