Export Cosmetics to the EU
I. What are the regulations for exporting cosmetics to the EU?
Any cosmetic product coming from outside of the European Union must have:
* A Product Information File (PIF), including a Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) signed by a certified Safety Assessor
* Compliant labels with the requirements of the EU Regulation 1223/2009
* A CPNP number
* A Responsible Person based in one of the EU-27
II.What are the tests required to export to the EU?
For all products, two mandatory tests will be required:
1. An accelerated stability/compatibility test of at least 3 months, including protocol, reasoning, and shelf-life conclusion, performed at 40°C for 100 days in the final packaging. The results will later need to be backed up by a real-time stability test.
2. A Challenge (PET) test according to ISO 11930:2019 is also needed, unless for:
Products that do not contain water
* Products with pH above 10 or below 3
* Products with high alcohol content (≥ 20%)
* Products that are filled at a temperature above 65°C
* Products that contain raw materials that can create a hostile environment, such as strong oxidizing agents, propellant gases, polar organic solvents etc.
* Products packed in packaging that does not allow contamination during use or single-use products.
Then, depending on the type of product, additional tests might be required, such as:
* UVB and UVA protection tests for Sun Protection products.
* Eye irritation test for products to be applied in the eye area.
* Patch test, for products using many essential oils that might be irritating.
Efficacy tests to sustain the effects claimed on the label.
III. What are the labeling requirements?
* Mandatory elements that need to appear:
* Name and address of the Responsible Person
* Nominal content
* Date of minimum duration or PAO
* Country of origin (if the product is imported into the community)
* Product function (unless it’s clear from its presentation)
* Batch number
* INCI list