Navigating the Cosmetic Landscape: Understanding Regulation 1223/2009

Navigating the Cosmetic Landscape: Understanding Regulation 1223/2009

In the dynamic world of cosmetics, ensuring the safety and efficacy of products is crucial. The European Union took already back in 2013 a significant step in this direction by implementing Regulation 1223/2009, a comprehensive framework that governs the safety and marketing of cosmetic products within the EU. This regulation, which came into effect in 2013, has been a game-changer for both consumers and cosmetic industry players.

Basics we need to understand

Regulation 1223/2009 lays down strict rules to guarantee the safety of cosmetic products being sold in the EU market. It applies to a wide range of products, including creams, lotions, shampoos, perfumes, and more. The regulation’s primary objectives are to protect consumers from potential harm, establish a standardized process for product assessment, and facilitate the free movement of cosmetics within the EU.

Key provisions:

Responsible Person:

One of the basic concepts introduced by Regulation 1223/2009 is the notion of a “Responsible Person.” This is typically the manufacturer or an individual/organization within the EU who takes responsibility for the cosmetic product compliance.

Product Safety Report:

Manufacturers are required to create a Product Information File (PIF) containing a detailed Product Safety Report. This report includes information on the cosmetic product’s composition, its safety assessment, and any data supporting product claims.

Notification to the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP):

Prior to placing a cosmetic product on the market, manufacturers is obliged to submit several informations to the CPNP, a centralized notification system. This includes details about the product, its composition, safety of a product and the Responsible Person.


Regulation 1223/2009 provides an extended list of prohibited substances and sets restrictions on the use of many ingredients used in cosmetic product. Manufacturers must ensure that the cosmetic products they place on the market comply with these requirements.

Cosmetic Product Safety Assessment:

Before a cosmetic product is launched, a safety assessment must be conducted by a professional with a degree from pharmacy, toxicology, medicine or similar degree. This involves evaluating the product’s ingredients, potential exposure, and any available toxicological data to confirm its safety.

Labeling Requirements:

The regulation establishes clear guidelines for labeling cosmetic products. This includes mandatory information such as the ingredients list, the presence of nanomaterials, and the durability of the product.

Benefits and Challenges 10 years after implementation


  • Consumer Protection: Regulation 1223/2009 prioritizes consumer safety by ensuring that cosmetic products meet stringent standards.
  • Harmonization: The regulation promotes harmonization within the EU market, streamlining procedures and facilitating the free movement of cosmetic products.
  • Transparency: Clear labeling requirements enhance transparency, helping consumers make informed choices.


  • Compliance Costs: Adhering to the regulation’s requirements actually does involve significant financial investments for manufacturers.
  • Global Alignment: As thew regulation is not unified in more broad sense, companies operating in multiple regions must navigate varying regulatory landscapes, posing challenges for international market access.

What to expect in next 10 years?

As the cosmetic industry continues to evolve, so do the regulatory frameworks governing it. Regulation 1223/2009 reflects a commitment to safeguarding consumer interests and standardizing practices within the EU cosmetic market. Looking ahead, we can expect further refinements to address emerging trends, technological advancements, and the ever-changing landscape of cosmetic science.


Navigating the intricate web of cosmetic regulations, particularly Regulation 1223/2009, is crucial for both established cosmetic brands and emerging players. By understanding and adhering to these regulations, stakeholders can contribute to a safer, more transparent, and thriving cosmetic industry that places consumer well-being at its core.


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