Statutory Instruments

The European Communities (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2004

The purpose of the Regulations is to up-date the law in relation to the manufacture, marketing and sale of cosmetic products and to consolidate in one set of Regulations the laws in relation to cosmetic products

The effect of the Regulations is to prohibit the placing on the market of cosmetic products that, under normal conditions of use, are liable to cause damage to human health. The presence in cosmetic products of certain listed substances is either prohibited absolutely or permitted subject to certain restrictions. Positive lists of colouring agents, anti-microbial preservatives and ultraviolet sun-screen filters are established which, subject to compliance with any prescribed restrictions, are permitted to be used. Substances that have been classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction under the Dangerous Substances Directive have also been prohibited

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