The European Regulation for Cosmetics: Who is the Responsible Person?

The Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/20091 is the main regulatory framework for finished products when placed on the EU market. The regulation introduces the notion of the “Responsible Person” (RP) in its Article 4: in order to establish clear responsibilities, each cosmetic product should be linked to a responsible person established within the EU. “Only cosmetic products for which a legal or natural person is designated within the Community as “responsible person” shall be placed on the market” (Article 4.1). The regulation allows the precise identification of the RP and clearly outlines their obligations. 

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