Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 12th January 2007
Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen, responsible for enterprise and industry policies, said: “We stick to our promise to reduce and simplify EU law. We want a modern legislation for cosmetics aiming at streamlining, simplifying and clarifying the multitude of current texts. The focus must be on reducing legislation and administrative costs considerably, but making it at the same time more efficient, without effecting public health and safety.”
The Cosmetics Directive sets the legal framework to ensure the safety of cosmetic products placed on the EU-market. In the past 30 years this Directive has been amended 48 times. This has rendered many provisions unclear or brought them into the wrong context.
Cosmetics are more than just luxury goods. Products of vital importance for the general health, like sunscreens, tooth paste and cleansing preparations are included as well. European companies are the world leader in this market which is growing steadily in the EU and worldwide.
If European companies are to continue to play the leading role in this sector, a more modern and efficient regulatory framework is required. Therefore, the Commission seeks the views of stakeholders, like the industry, consumer organisations and the academic world, on the following aspects:
For more information, please see the consultation document: EN, DE, FR
The European market for cosmetic products is worth approx. 65 billion EUR. There are well over 3000 cosmetics manufacturers in Europe, including a large number of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's), directly and indirectly employing over 350.000 Europeans. While the growth rate in the EU has been moderate, important new markets are emerging: for example, the annual increase 2004/2005 of the Chinese market was almost 11% and is expected to continue with this pace.