Cosmetic products include dermocosmetics and mass market cosmetics for skincare, haircare, make-up, fragrances and hygiene products. Regulation (EC) N° 1223/2009 is the main regulatory framework for finished cosmetic products when placed on the EU market. It enforces the safety of cosmetic products and streamlines the framework for all operators in the sector. The most significant changes introduced by the Cosmetics Regulation include (see also EU infographic):

  • Reinforced safety requirements for cosmetic products
    Manufacturers need to follow specific requirements in the preparation of a product safety report prior to placing a product on the market.
  • Introduction of the notion of “responsible person”
    Only cosmetic products for which a legal or natural person is designated within the EU as a “responsible person” can be placed on the market. The new Cosmetics Regulation allows the precise identification of who the responsible person is and clearly outlines their obligations.
  • Centralised notification of all cosmetic products placed on the EU market
    Manufacturers will need to notify their products only once – via the EU Cosmetic Products Notification Portal(CPNP).
  • Introduction of reporting of serious undesirable effects (SUE) 
    A responsible person will be obliged to notify serious undesirable effects to national authorities. The authorities will also collect information coming from users, health professionals, and others. They will be obliged to share the information with other EU countries. More information on reporting of SUE.
  • New rules for the use of nanomaterials in cosmetic products
    Colourants, preservatives and UV-filters, including those that are nanomaterials, must be explicitly authorised. Products containing other nanomaterials, not otherwise restricted by the Cosmetics Regulation, will be subject to a full safety assessment at EU level if the Commission has concerns. Nanomaterials must be labelled in the list of ingredients with the word “nano” in brackets following the name of the substance, e.g. “titanium dioxide (nano)”.
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Our translation agency works with major stakeholders in this industry that need to translate documents such as product registrations, safety reports, ingredient reports, product labels or digital content. Pharmaceutical contract research organisations (CRO) and laboratories are also part of our client base. Agrooh also works for large market research companies specialised in cosmetics.

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Our translation agency has been specialised in the bioscience industry for more than 20 years. Agrooh can translate complex terminology and specific jargon in cosmetics. We understand the complexity of technical jargon and so, we assign content to native-speaking translators with a sufficient scientific background to render a professional result with ease. Our experts include chemists, biologists and toxicologists.

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  • Cosmetic product descriptions, labels and safety reports.
  • Cosmetic treatments and protocols.
  • Manufacturing methods and specifications (HSE, HACCP).
  • Animal testing reports or non-animal testing compliance reports.


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Understanding Regulation N° 1223/2009

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