What do I have to comply with when importing cosmetic products from outside the EU?

As an importer, you are legally equal to a European manufacturer. This means, you are the responsible person who brings the product to the market. As a consequence of this, you have the obligation to arrange a registration with CPNP and to have a Product Information Dossier (PIF) available.

The label of a cosmetic product placed on the European market must fully comply with the requirements as laid down in Cosmetics Regulation (EC) 1223/2009. Consider, for example: the INCI list and the name and address of the person who places the product on the market.

We also hope you will be very successful and will sell large volumes. In case you bring more than 1000 kg of a single chemical on the European market per year, you will have to deal with REACH. See our FAQ on CLP & REACH for more information.