Cosmetic Testing: An Overview On Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

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In recent times, the rise of the demand for cosmetics has become prominent. And this rise brought along something with it; opportunity. The opportunity for supply and economic advantage were recognized by vultures; sub par manufactures, with below standard practices. Manufactures looked to produce cosmetics with toxic chemicals and poor production processes, although some companies did this out of ignorance, a lot did it to reduce production cost and increase profits. Recognizing this ‘vultures’ and the effects of their products on human health, the directive 76/768/EEC was created on the 27th of July, 1976, this law was updated throughout its time before being replaced by the Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. It was created by the European Parliament and the council of the European Union in the year 2009. The law focuses on the regularization and standardization of manufactured cosmetics, with the processes of cosmetic testing and monitoring, enforcing the cooperation of manufacturers.


 The Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 enforces many regulations which would benefit the consumer of cosmetic products, some include;

  • Safety; The law ensures before any manufactured cosmetic product is placed in the market for sale, it must gone through a thorough safety assessment, this process of cosmetic testing demands that the product is safe for human use before distribution.
  • Introduction of a “ Responsible Person” to production; The EC 1223/2009 ensures that a manufacturer provide a “responsible person” this person is required to meet certain standards and fulfill certain obligation, standards and obligations that are an advantage to the production of very good cosmetic products.
  • Registration of all cosmetic products; This ensures that all cosmetic products would be registered, those which are not registered will be considered illegal. This process is great in the act of distinction by consumers, easily differentiating the legal from the illegal.
  • Prohibited substances; The Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 provides a clear list of all prohibited and restricted substances; this ensures that damaging substances will not be used in the production of all cosmetics.
  • Report of undesirable effects; The regulation stipulates that all serious undesirable effects caused by cosmetic products should be reported to national authorities.

 There are various other parts of the Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 not shown here, which includes regulations on, packaging, distribution of product information and so on. Most of the law hinge on the protection of consumers from bad cosmetics.

The Effect on Manufacturers

 The Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 has forced strict standards and regulations on cosmetic manufacturers, this may be good for authentic manufacturers; as it would force the sub par manufacturers of the market, thereby increase market share for authentic manufacturers. The regulation also helps manufacturers produce better and safer products, while simultaneously increase customer trust in the product.

 In conclusion; it is clear to see how the Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 is beneficial to both, cosmetic consumers and producers. The regulation literally and figuratively saves face for the customer and the manufacturer respectively.

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