What are Cosmetics?
Cosmetic products are substances that are applied to various external parts of the human body, including the hair, epidermis, nails, lips, and eyes or the inside of the mouth or with the intention of cleaning or moisturizing these areas or to change their appearance or prevent odors from forming.
Examples of cosmetics include, but are not limited to:
- Skin care products like anti-aging products and moisturizer,
- Beauty products like lipstick, mascara, powders and foundations,
- Hair products like shampoo and conditioner, and
- Routine care products like toothpaste, soap, and deodorants
Regulation of Cosmetics
There are some common risks to using cosmetics. These risks relate to skin irritation or allergies, which can be detrimental to the consumer’s well-being. Skincare product testing can help significantly reduce these risks.
For this reason, the production, marketing, and distribution of cosmetics must adhere to laws and regulations such as the Cosmetic Products Regulation in Europe 1223/2009 and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in the United States. The requirements laid down in these pieces of legislation are enforced by in market authorities and there can be significant repercussions for non-compliance.
Importance of Cosmetic Testing UK
Cosmetic brand owners or manufacturers in the UK have to ensure that their products are safe by making use of extensive testing solutions. According to the Cosmetic Products Regulation, it is an offence for a Responsible Person to make a cosmetic product available on the market that is harmful to a person’s health or that contains a prohibited substance.
It is also an offence to distribute products with incorrect labels. According to the Cosmetic Products Regulation, the product label has to include, amongst other things, the name and address of the Responsible Person, the correct ingredients, and precautions.
The Responsible Person also needs to ensure the Cosmetic Product Safety Assessments have been carried out and compile the relevant technical documentation in the Product Information File. Failure to comply with these requirements also constitutes an offence.
These regulations also protect the manufacturers or brand owners of cosmetic products since compliance reduces the risk of selling potentially harmful products which can lead to liability.
Use MSL’s Services
For cosmetic testing in the UK, partner up with MSL Solution Providers.
We are an ISO 11930 Certified Responsible Person in accordance with the Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009. This means that we can act as an RP on your behalf or advise you extensively on how to act as your own RP. Our Responsible Person services are extensive and insurance backed.
According to the Cosmetic Regulation, the package label must contain the RP name and address, an indication of durability, precautions to be observed in use, the batch code, the function, precautions and warnings, and the list of ingredients in the prescribed format.
MSL provides high-end labelling solutions that include checking ingredients in cosmetics. We can also advise on different translations, territory-specific regulations, and all environmental requirements.
Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR)
MSL is a reputable provider of Cosmetic Product Safety Reports carried out by our in-house assessor. All brand owners and manufacturers need these documents in order to comply with the cosmetic testing procedure in the UK[AD9] .
We provide a one-stop shop cosmetic testing solutions to all manufacturers, brand owners, and sellers of cosmetic products. To ensure compliance with the EU Cosmetic Regulation, contact us today.