New EU Cosmetics Regulation becomes fully applicable

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On July 11, 2013, the new EU Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 became fully applicable. The Regulation, already adopted on November 30, 2009, provides a unified and consolidated framework for the marketing and distribution of cosmetic products on the EU market. It enters into force following a period of transition allowing industry to adapt to the new rules.

Some of the key features of the new Regulation include:

- The introduction of the central concept of “responsible person”: for every cosmetic product placed on the market in the EU (whether imported or manufactured in the EU), a legal or natural person will have to be designated as “responsible person”. The responsible person will bear the responsibility of ensuring compliance with most of the obligations set out in the Regulation, including making available the product information file when requested by competent authorities. The Regulation also includes definitions allowing the identification of the responsible person...

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