Cosmetic Claims

Claims in field of cosmetics are key issues for the success of products and for the European business, because the nature of cosmetic products and the aim of cosmetics themselves. At the same time the sustainability of Claims is a chapter mentioned in the documents that the Companies (today the Responsible Persons) have to keep readily available, even if the aim of the cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009 is to guarantee the safety of the products intended to the customers.
At the date of the definitive appliance of the 1223/2009 CE (July 2013), the Regulation 655/2013 on Common Criteria for Claims was published with immediate application: that was a specific regulation that overlapping (and prevailing) the existing general customer-protecting Directives. Common criteria mentioned in 655/2013 gave new and more clear tools for guarantee at the same time the reliability of what is promised to the customer and the safety of the business for cosmetic companies. As well, because the acceptance of Claims is ever a very difficult exercise, subjects to several parameters (like perceptions of customers, local culture, subjective judgement of the authorities), EU Guidelines on Common Criteria practical application were published in 2013 but they are going to be soon implemented and enriched with examples, and a very important EU Report to the EU Parliament on this issue was presented few months ago. It will be presented the “state of art” on this critical matter and some anticipation on coming new guidelines.

1. REGULATION (EC) No 1223/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products
2. Regulation (EU) No 655/2013 laying down common criteria for the justification of claims used   in relation to cosmetic products 
3. Guidelines to Commission Regulation (EU) No 655/2013              
4. COM(2016) 580 final - Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on product claims made based on common criteria in the field of cosmetics 

Presented by Dr. Matteo Zanotti Russo, Italy