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Safety of Cosmetic Products

Cosmetic products in EU are regulated by Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products.

Regardless of the manufacturing processes or the channels of distribution, cosmetic products placed on the EU market must be safe. The manufacturer is responsible for the safety of their products, and must ensure that they undergo an expert scientific safety assessment before they are sold. A special database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients, called CosIng, enables easy access to data on these substances, including legal requirements and restrictions.


Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP)


The Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) is a free of charge online notification system created for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products. When a product has been notified in the CPNP, there is no need for any further notification at national level within the EU.

Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 (Article 13) requires that the responsible persons and, under certain circumstances, the distributors of cosmetic products submit some information about the products they place or make available on the European market through the CPNP.

The CPNP also contains a separate module (Article 16) for cosmetic products containing nanomaterials. This notification has to be done in addition to the notification under Article 13. If the European Commission has concerns regarding the safety of a nanomaterial, it may request the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety to perform a risk assessment.

The CPNP is accessible to:

  • Competent Authorities
  • European Poison Centres
  • Cosmetic products responsible persons
  • Distributors of cosmetic products.

Competent Authorities

Terviseamet/Health Board is the Competent Authority in accordance with Art. 34 of the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 and the Authority responsible for the management of (serious) undesirable effects.


Terviseamet/Health Board
Department of Chemicals Safety
Paldiski mnt 81, 10614 Tallinn
Email: [email protected]


Cosmetic Products in detail