Cosmetic labelling


What change in the EU Reg. 1223/2009 is expected soon?

Draft of the Commission Regulation (EU) amending Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards labelling of fragrance allergens in cosmetic products was published. WTO was already informed by the EU that its intention is to add allergens to be declared to the EU Reg. 1223/2009.

Why this change will take place?

Different measures aim to protect the whole population from acquiring fragrance allergies (primary prevention) and to protect sensitised individuals from developing allergy symptoms (secondary prevention). 

The fragrance allergens listed in entries 45 and 67–92 of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 are still relevant. Furthermore, additional 56 fragrance allergens were identified, which have clearly caused allergies in humans and which have currently no requirement of individual labelling. 

When can we expect this big change to happen?

Considering the relatively low and stable percentage of consumers developing allergic contact dermatitis, the large number of new fragrance allergens to be individually labelled and the significant number of cosmetic products concerned, the transition period should be 3 and 5 years, respectively.

In the first half of 2023 everything should be clear and then we will have 3 years for new products to be compliant.

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