Since July 2013 a new EU regulation (number 1223/2009) replaces the previous Cosmetics Directive in order to ensure that consumers’ health is protected by monitoring the labeling and composition of cosmetic products. But what does this all mean and where does it leave you as a therapist?
The new regulation, designed to protect consumers, places responsibilities on the manufacturers and suppliers of cosmetic products which are available commercially. The regulation will monitor a few different areas of the manufacturing process including labeling, the use of restricted substances, safety testing and reports, notifying relevant authorities and traceability. Many products are likely to be affected including, but not limited to, spray tanning solution, skincare products and aromatherapy oils.
If you currently supply or make your own cosmetic products, you would need to be able to follow this regulation. This would involve you, as the person responsible for your cosmetic product, acquiring a valid and approved toxicology assessment for your products if you want to sell them anywhere within the EU, as well as labeling the products appropriately.
The regulation also bans the use of animal testing for not only finished product but also every single ingredient involved in the making of the product, citing that the act of testing on animals must be replaced by alternative methods.
We advise therapists check with their supplier if they are unsure as to whether they are fully complying with the new regulations
For Professionals and Therapists who purchase skin and body care products for retail purposes and professional treatments from a reputable UK or EU supplier who is fully complying with the new EU cosmetic regulations then you should be covered under your insurance.
For US professionals you may need to check with your insurance, if you are using products from i.e. Korea, China, and if its acceptable and meet compliant.