2012-11-08 13:19:29 - Are you ready for 11th July 2013?
The regulation of all cosmetic products in the UK and EU is about to have a makeover and from July 2013, the legislation will be brought bang up to date and new rules will take effect.
The new Cosmetics regulation (EC 1223/2009) will be directly applicable in every country of the European Union including UK, so no-one is spared.
If you already sell products in UK and Europe or plan to sell them in the future, you will be affected by the changes being introduced with this new set of rules.
Many of the conditions in the current Cosmetics Directive (originally drafted in 1976, but much amended over the years) are still there, but certain areas have been beefed up – particularly on
the safety front and requirements of Product Information File (PIF).
So what does this mean for your business?
Whether you have cosmetic products already on sale or are planning to launch, there are things you will need to do very soon.
Listed below are just some of the changes so you can see what is heading your way.
• Notification of all products will be required prior to launch. There will be a new centralised European Commission notification system to log product notifications. Existing products will also need to be added to this new system.
• The roles of the responsible person and the distributor have been clarified with respect to the safety aspects of products and the onus is on them to ensure that the requirements of the new regulation are fully complied with and that product safety is ensured.
• Product manufacturing must now comply with GMP (to an agreed European standard).
• The safety assessment of the ingredients and how the product will be used are still key requirements of the new legislation. However significant changes have been made to the list of required documentation in order to ensure that consumer safety remains paramount. You will need the assistance of your raw material suppliers as the onus will be on them to provide you with the necessary technical product data. This information will be part of a Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) now required as part of the Product Information File. This new documentation will affect existing products and new products alike. The final safety assessment has to be carried out by a suitably qualified person in the EU.
2012 has also brought some new additions to the prohibited list of ingredients in relation to hair dyes and this may have an impact on products from outside the EU and maybe some manufactured in the UK too. These prohibitions will be included in the new legislation when it takes effect in 2013.
Seems a little daunting?
It need not be. Get good advice now and begin to make the changes needed. This will put you ahead of the game when July 2013 arrives.
And it does not end there.
The EU also plans to establish a list of justification criteria for the use of claims on cosmetic products. There will be an emphasis on supporting science but it remains to be seen what will be acceptable (if food supplement regulations are any guide- the bar will be set very high).
There will never be a time when good communication has been more important than when these criteria are published. Gillian Waddell of Fuel PR believes "many claims will be lost, and it is going to be even more important to harness intelligent Regulatory and PR relationships to work hand in fist together to help you counter this tougher regulatory environment.
For further information and regulatory advice, please contact Fuel PR Gillian Waddell (Gillian@fuelrefuel.com
) or call 020 7498 8211