Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 on cosmetic products (the Regulation) is the main
piece of legislation concerning cosmetic products in Europe. Every cosmetic
product placed on the market in Europe must meet the requirements set out in this
Regulation and must be safe for use. In particular, every cosmetic product on the
market in Europe must have a Responsible Person (RP).
An RP is responsible for ensuring that the cosmetic product they place on the
market complies with the Regulation. An RP can be an individual or a legally
registered company and they must be located in the EEA. There must be an RP for
every cosmetic product placed on the market in the EEA.
Before placing a cosmetic product on the market, an RP must ensure that
requirements for the following have been met in accordance with the Regulation:
After placing a cosmetic product on the market, the RP must
Update the PIF with new information that comes to light (e.g. undesirable effects, ingredient information)
Update the PIF and CPNP when there is a change in formulation
Amend the PIF according to any changes to the Regulation