Understanding Cosmetic Product Regulations: Definition, Market Availability, and Safety Requirements
A ‘cosmetic product‘ is a substance for body contact (skin, hair, nails, lips, genitals, teeth, oral membranes) to clean, perfume, alter, protect, or correct.
‘Making available on the market’ means any supply of a cosmetic product for distribution, consumption or use on the Community market in the course of a commercial activity, whether in return for payment or free of charge.
‘Importer’ means any natural or legal person established within the Community, who places a cosmetic product from a third country on the Community market.
The importer can, by means of a written power of attorney, appoint a person established in the company as the responsible person, who will accept his appointment in writing.
A cosmetic product made available on the market must be safe for human health if used under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions, taking into account in particular:
a) presentation, including compliance with Directive 87/357/EEC;
c) instructions for use and disposal;
d) all other indications or information provided by the responsible person specified in Article 4 of the regulation on cosmetic products.