Directive 76/768 / EEC on cosmetic products

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Directive 76/768 / EEC

Title: Council Directive 76/768 / EEC of 27 July 1976 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cosmetic products
Date of issue: July 27, 1976
Release date: September 27, 1976
Come into effect: July 30, 1976
To be used from: January 30, 1978
Replaced by: Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009
Expiry: July 11th 2013
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In 1976 , the Council of the European Economic Community adopted the Council Directive of July 27, 1976 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cosmetic products (76/768 / EEC) to remove barriers to trade . It is generally called the Cosmetics Directive for short and, in addition to the definition of the cosmetic product, contains a list of substances the use of which is prohibited in cosmetic products (negative list) and a list of the permitted preservatives , colorants and UV filters (positive lists). Since it came into force, it has been changed seven times (as of August 2008) and adapted more than 40 times to reflect technical progress. As a European directive, it had to be implemented in national law in every member state of the EC. In Germany this is done through the German Cosmetics Ordinance . The Cosmetics Ordinance contained all the provisions of the Cosmetics Directive as well as the national regulations. It was enacted on the basis of the Food and Feed Code (LFGB).

On December 22nd, 2009 the EU Commission published the new regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 on cosmetic products in the Official Journal of the EU. This regulation came into force on January 11, 2010 and has been in full effect since July 11, 2013. At the same time, Directive 76/768 / EEC on cosmetic products expired. National implementation is not required. The German Cosmetics Ordinance was consequently also changed and now only contains those provisions that are to be regulated at national level. Mildau and Huber published initial explanations of the content and implementation.

Cosmetics are used externally on the human body as well as in the oral cavity (teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity), so the safety of these products is of primary concern. Since the 6th Amendment to the Cosmetics Directive in 1993, manufacturers have been obliged to have safety assessments carried out by experts. These consider the entire cosmetic product and are more than the sum of the safety data sheets. Since cosmetic products are not subject to chemicals law, the creation of safety data sheets or the affixing of hazard symbols is not mandatory. Tattoo inks are not cosmetic and are legally regulated separately.

See also

Web links

Commons : Symbols defined in EU cosmetic products legislation  - album containing pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of November 30, 2009 on cosmetic products .
  2. G. Mildau, B. Huber: The new EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 - Contents and first explanations . In: SOFW-Journal . No. 3 , 2010 ( PDF ). PDF ( Memento of the original from December 22, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /