‘cosmetic product’ means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours;

In Europe, cosmetics are regulated by the EU Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009 for Products placed in the Northern Ireland and/or EU.

In the United Kingdom, cosmetics are regulated by the UK Product Safety and Metrology Guidance for the market of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

These Regulations contain rules to be complied with by any cosmetic product made available on the market, to ensure the functioning of the internal market and a high level of protection of human health.


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    Cosmetic Product Safety Report

    A CPSR – or Cosmetic Safety Assessment – is a document, prepared and signed by a Qualified Cosmetic Safety Assessor, that confirms whether or not a particular product complies with UK and EU cosmetic regulation. All cosmetic products placed on the UK and EU must have one.

    Product Information File

    The PIF is a technical dossier that gathers all necessary and relevant information and documentation available for each cosmetic product being sold.

    "When a cosmetic product is placed on the market, the responsible person shall keep a product information file for it."


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