How to comply with the various regulations affecting cosmetic companies: EC Regulation on Cosmetic Products, REACH, CLP and ADR


Flashpoint S.r.l., Monza, Italy


The various European regulations are closely interconnected, but in certain cases may conflict with one another.
Cosmetic companies often focus mainly on Regulation EC 1223/2009, but their activities also have to comply with other regulations, such as Regulation EC 1907/2006 (Reach), Regulation EC 1272/2008 (CLP) and the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).
For example, bulk and semi-finished cosmetic products must be classified according to CLP criteria, with a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) prepared in accordance with Reach.
Checking the compliance of raw materials’ MSDS with the requirements of Regulation EU 2015/830 and knowing how to identify and interpret the relevant Exposure Scenario is important for the correct management of chemicals within the company.


Very often, cosmetics companies focus mainly on Regulation EC 1223/2009, both as regards the labelling of finished cosmetics products and the good manufacturing practices required by the new regulation.

Before putting a finished cosmetics product on sale, companies produce a report on the safety of the product, by completing a Product Information file (P.I.F), notify the finished cosmetic products at the CPNP portal before marketing, verify the claims and thus fulfil all requirements stipulated in the Cosmetics Regulation.

We will see how other major European regulations on chemicals affect the activities of cosmetics manufacturers.



According to the REACH Regulation (Regulation EC 1907/2006), if a company imports or manufactures a substance in quantities equal to or greater than 1 tonne/year, it must be registered.

In order to comply with this obligation, it is good practice to carry out a targeted screening, by assessing any applicable exemptions indicated in Annex V.

All the Safety Data Sheets for the incoming raw materials must comply with Regulation EU 2015/830 in ...