Brussels, 5th February 2008
Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen, responsible for enterprise and industry policies, said: “The law on cosmetics is an example how a piece of EU legislation can be “ripe” for simplification. Working with 27 different transposing legislations is more costly and burdensome for the cosmetics industry than necessary. With today’s proposal we increase product safety while reducing administrative costs and scratching unnecessary legislation.”
The Cosmetics Directive sets the legal framework to ensure the safety of cosmetics. The differences in the 27 national transposing laws create additional costs for industry without contributing to product safety. Many provisions appear in the wrong context and the detailed regulation of individual substances used for cosmetics has proven very complex, resource-intensive and difficult to administer. With the proposal of a new Regulation the Commission pursues essentially two aims: ensuring a high level of safety of cosmetic products in the future by strengthening manufacturer responsibility and in-market control aspects while cutting unnecessary administrative burden. To this end, the Commission proposal leads to inter alia:
Cosmetics include products which are vital for the health and well-being of consumers such as sunscreen products, tooth paste and cleansing products. EU companies are world leader in this sector with over 3000 cosmetic manufacturers. The European market for cosmetic product is worth approx. 65 billion EUR and creates directly and indirectly over 350.000 jobs.