Regulation & Safety of Cosmetics

The development and marketing of cosmetic and toiletry products involves complex formulation and ingredient selection to ensure that the final product not only works as it is supposed to, but also provides the end consumer protection from possible harm when using the product.

One of the key drivers for the European Union to recast its existing cosmetic directive (76/768/EEC) into a regulation (EC/1223/2009) was to further improve the protection of human health across the cosmetic and toiletry industry. The regulation has introduced a number of new requirements, such as EU pre-market notification and Responsible Person status, and provides a more prescriptive mechanism for carrying out Cosmetic Product Safety Reports (CPSRs) and the generation and management of the Product Information Files (PIFs).

Exponent has a long history of providing expert consultancy service and providing the very best care for its business partners.

To help the personal care industry meet its regulatory requirements and to help exceed customer expectations Exponent offers the following services:


  • Responsible Person dossier preparation and management in compliance with EC/1223/2009
  • Cosmetics Product Safety Reports part A&B (CPSR EC/1223/2009)
  • Product Information File creation/reviewing/auditing
  • Cosmetic labeling reviews and advice
  • Borderline advice
  • Claim substantiation
  • Advice on New Product Development and ingredient selection
  • SCCS submissions/raw material support
  • Ingredient safety assessments
  • Global registration/notification of cosmetic products
  • Global regulatory advice and compliance support

Many of our highly experienced consultants have worked for industry, with trade associations, as government regulators, or for contract research organizations, giving us unparalleled expertise with solving complex regulatory and scientific problems.

Our Cosmetic Regulatory Team has over 20 years of experience working across all areas of the personal care industry including product development, distribution, and manufacturing of cosmetic and toiletry products. Based in the UK, the Exponent Regulatory Team can act as your Responsible Person for all your cosmetic and toiletry needs or provide contract and ad-hoc regulatory services.

If you want to import cosmetics and toiletries into the EU or are a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer within the EU, then our team will help you address compliance with all relevant regulations so you are able to confidently offer your customers high quality, safe and sustainable products.

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