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Safety assessment in the EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009

The requirements to be met by the safety of cosmetic products is governed by Article 3 of Chapter II (Safety, Responsibility, Free Movement) of the EC Cosmetics Regulation. The corresponding provisions stipulate that a cosmetic product must be safe for human health when used under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use. Two aspects are essential compared to the former EC Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC:

1. The requirement that a product must be safe is stricter compared to the previous Regulation which stipulated that a cosmetic product should not represent a hazard to health.

2. The safety of the cosmetic product includes – as was the case before, but not mentioned in the Cosmetics Directive – explicitly the detailed provisions concerning a possible confusion with foodstuffs in accordance with Directive 87/357/EEC.

The contents of the safety assessment are described in detail in Annex I of the EC Cosmetics Regulation.