Regulation of cosmetic products: what obligations?

22 Sep 2022

Out of respect for consumers and the environment, cosmetics creators have obligations to respect. This results in a set of regulations, supplemented by certifications. Here are the main ones.

European cosmetic regulation (EC) n°1223/2009

Any cosmetic product marketed on European territory (France or any other member country) must comply with Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. Its main aim is to ensure the protection of human health through clear information (product labeling) and the rational use of technologies, in particular by regulating the use of nanomaterials.

Cosmetic claims (EU) n°655/2013

The texts, images and symbols used by the creators of cosmetics are regulated. Gathered under the term “claims”, they must meet certain criteria so as not to mislead the consumer:

  • Compliance with legislation,
  • Veracity,
  • Evidence,
  • Sincerity,
  • Equity,
  • Informed choice.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP ISO 22716)

The GMP ISO 22716 standard brings together practical and organizational advice based on solid scientific data and allowing the design of quality cosmetic products. This quality is based on human as well as technical and administrative factors. COSIMA LABORATOIRE obtained GMP certification in 2018. In particular, it guarantees the traceability of our products and their raw materials.

Other regulations for cosmetic products

Meeting the requirements of the European Regulation and following Good Manufacturing Practices are imperative in order to be able to market cosmetic products in Europe. Other certifications can then be added, depending on your values ​​and your target. Although they are not mandatory, they are a guarantee of quality, contribute to your brand identity and are also a strong selling point for certain customers. This is particularly the case for COSMOS certification, a service that can be performed by COSIMA LABORATOIRE and allows you to market organic or natural cosmetics.