EU Cosmetics Regulation Receives Welcome Facelift

Last month, the European Parliament approved new rules that will increase cosmetic safety and simplify regulatory procedures in the European Union. The legislation, which resulted from a compromise negotiation between Parliament and Council representatives, will take the form of a single regulation that applies to all member states simultaneously, and will replace the patchwork of 27 sets of national rules and 55 amendments that comprise the EU Cosmetic Directive of 1976.

The new text will increase manufacturer responsibility and strengthen market surveillance, while establishing clear guidelines that will cut administrative costs and unnecessary litigation. Noteworthy changes include.....

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