Regulation (EC) no. 1223/2009 of 30 November 2009 governs cosmetic products in the European Union. Other rules also apply, such as regulation no. 655-2013 of 10 July 2013, which defines whether claims may be used. To date, the European Parliament has amended various regulations. As a result, it is necessary to measure the impact on the marketing of cosmetic products in Europe.

CLP Regulation

On 23 April 2024, the European Parliament adopted a revision of the regulation involving significant changes to the labelling of hazardous products.

Here is an overview of the main labelling changes to be taken into account:

More precise labelling rules: A black “sans serif” font on a white background is now compulsory for mandatory labelling information. In addition, a minimum font size will be specified, varying according to the volume of the product.
Widespread use of fold-out labels: It is now possible to use fold-out labels for products of any size.
Details of digital labelling: Digital labelling may be used in addition to physical labelling. All the compulsory information must be present in physical form. On the other hand, the manufacturer will be able to communicate any additional, non-mandatory information on the digital version.

Regulation on packaging and packaging waste

On 24 April 2024, the regulation aimed at unifying the standards governing packaging across Europe was passed. Its main objective is to reduce waste. The obligations of this text concern packaging manufacturers as well as manufacturers of packaged products. They will be responsible for ensuring that the packaging they use complies with the regulation, taking into account the following points in particular:

Packaging must be recyclable in accordance with the criteria set out in the regulation.

– No later than 1ᵉʳ January 2030,
° All plastic packaging placed on the market will have to contain a minimum percentage of recycled content from the recycling of plastic waste.
° The weight and volume of packaging will have to be reduced to the strict minimum with a void ratio of no more than 50%.
– Before being placed on the market, manufacturers will have to carry out an assessment of compliance with the regulation, and then draw up an EU declaration of conformity. Packaging suppliers will have to provide the necessary technical documentation.
– The labelling of packaging will also be standardised, particularly as regards information on its end-of-life, the materials of which it is made, its compostability and its possible re-use.



Regulation on the eco-design of products

Also on 23 April 2024, the European Parliament voted in favour of the regulation establishing sustainable product design requirements.

The Commission will publish subsequent delegated acts. These will specify the ecodesign requirements for different groups of products. Products covered by delegated acts laying down ecodesign requirements may only be marketed if they meet these requirements. These criteria will cover not only product design and performance, but also the information provided to consumers.


The regulations applicable to cosmetic products are constantly changing. But changes to other laws can also have an impact on beauty products.

From design to marketing, various regulations apply! There are, for example, regulations on recyclability, respect for the environment and the sourcing of ingredients. It's essential to master them if you want to apply these regulations to best effect.

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