United Kingdom Cosmetic Products Regulations
UK Cosmetic Products Regulations
The main changes and amendments to the EC Regulation No (1223/2009) on Cosmetic Products covers the following:
1. Placing on the market
Now means making a cosmetic product available (the supply) on the market in Great Britain after the end of the transition period, 31 December 2020. This includes England, Wales and Scotland and the amended regulations are concerned with organising the supply and safe usage of cosmetic products within these markets.
2. Who A Responsible Person is and the duties expected
3. Product Information File
This is an up to date file of the details of a cosmetic product which is made available to market surveillance and enforcement authorities when requested. It should contain:
A 2 year transition period from 31 December 2020 has been given before businesses have to include the UK Responsible Person details on product labels (i.e. by 31 December 2022). The EU responsible person details should be included for existing products.
The Label should hold information that explains the contents and best usage of the cosmetic product to enable the public or user make the best judgement. Examples are shown below:
5. UK Submit Cosmetic Product Notification (UK SCPN)
Important information to submit Cosmetic Product Notification (UK SCPN)
6. Serious Undesirable Effects (SUEs)
The Cosmetic Regulation defines an Undesirable Effect (UE) as an “adverse reaction to human health attributable to the normal use of cosmetic products”. Such occurrence should be notified on the new UK SUE form. Information on any SUE should be notified similarly as previously – thought for the UK only.
Beginning from 1 January 2021, UK businesses who bring in products from an EU Member State will become importers. An importer of a cosmetic product becomes a Responsible person by default. However, they can appoint an agent based in the UK to act as a Responsible Person for them.
8. Unfettered Access for Northern Ireland Cosmetic Products
Access has been granted by the government to qualify Northern Ireland goods to be sold to the rest of the UK market with no additional approvals as long as the products are in accordance with the European Union Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on Cosmetic Products.
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