Brussels, 20th May 2008
The European cosmetics industry is worth over € 35 billion per year. It is highly innovative and, on average, cosmetic companies replace or reformulate around 25% of their products every year. Cosmetic products are also important consumer products: apart from "traditional" cosmetic products, such as make-up and perfumes, it also includes products for personal hygiene, for example toothpaste, shampoos and soaps.
The Cosmetics Directive requires that any substance used in cosmetic products needs to be listed under an international nomenclature for ingredients. The new CosIng database contains more than 15 000 cosmetics ingredients, accessible in a user-friendly manner. In addition:
The new public accessible CosIng database facilitates access to information by Member States’ authorities responsible for market surveillance, industry and other stakeholders.
CosIng will be updated on a regular basis in order to provide accurate
Link to the database
The Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) is one of the three independent non-food Scientific Committees managed by Directorate Health and Consumer Protection (SANCO) of the European Commission. The Scientific Committees provide the Commission with the sound scientific advice it needs when preparing policy and proposals relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment. Community scientific advisory procedures are based on the principles of scientific excellence, independence and transparency. SCCP currently has 16 members selected for their high scientific expertise. Detailed information on the composition of the committee and its mandate, adopted opinions and current activities can be found at: