Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
Directive 76/768/EEC(1) (Cosmetics Directive) was recast into Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009(2) (Cosmetics Regulation).
The purpose of the regulation is to strengthen the safety of cosmetic products by clarifying the requirements for safety assessment, by defining more precisely the obligations of responsible persons and distributors and by simplifying procedures, e.g. through a centralized electronic notification, thus making the internal market for cosmetic products a reality.
Electronic notification is not intended to add an additional layer of bureaucracy, but to simplify procedures and reduce costs, while improving the information provided. This electronic notification will become mandatory as of 11 July 2013.
The Cosmetics Directive refers to two types of notification: a notification to the competent authorities of the Member State of manufacture, or first importation, and another, which the Member States may require for ‘purposes of prompt and appropriate medical treatment’. Under the Cosmetics Regulation, centralized notification via the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) replaces both requirements of the directive. This means that a company selling its product in all 27 EU Member States will now have to notify only once.
The CPNP was developed in close cooperation with the competent authorities, national poison centres and industry, taking into account the needs of SMEs.