Cosmetic Regulation

The regulation of cosmetic products is essential to ensure consumer safety and promote a sustainable and responsible industry. This regulation is enforced by government agencies in different countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.

In the European Union, the regulation of cosmetic products is governed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety. The EU has a strict list of prohibited substances, including those that may be harmful to human health or the environment. The EU also restricts the use of certain ingredients and requires that animal testing for cosmetic purposes be banned.

In the United Kingdom, The UK’s departure from the EU was finalized on January 31, 2020. After Brexit Enforcement, cosmetics businesses must adhere to the UK Cosmetics Regulation, also known as “The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, Schedule 34.”  To sell cosmetic products in the UK, a company must have a Responsible Person based in the UK and comply with the following requirements.


In the United States, the regulation of cosmetic products is overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA requires cosmetic manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe and properly labeled before they are marketed to the public. The FDA’s regulatory oversight includes the prohibition of harmful ingredients and requirements for good manufacturing practices, as well as safety testing and accurate labeling of cosmetic products.

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It’s important to stay updated on changes in cosmetic regulations as they vary from country to country. New regulations or changes to existing ones can impact product formulation, labeling requirements, and marketing claims. Staying updated can ensure that companies comply with the latest regulations and avoid any legal issues.

Influentive offers a comprehensive range of services for cosmetic regulation includes regulatory consulting, product formulation, labeling compliance, and safety testing. With our team of experts constantly monitoring the latest regulatory changes, we can help companies comply with the latest regulations in the EU, UK, and USA.

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