In this fact sheet you can read about the requirements for labelling cosmetics, for instance, regarding the list of ingredients and contact information. The rules cover labelling of cosmetics, e.g. skin lotion, deodorant, soap, shampoo, hair removal products, hair dying and bleaching products, shaving cream, facial and eye make-up, tooth paste, nail polish and sun lotion.
Requirements for labelling of cosmeticsContainers and any exterior packaging for cosmetics must be labelled with the following information:
Special requirements for the list of ingredientsThe following special conditions apply:
This information must be written in Danish, be visible, legible and indelible. In the list of ingredients cosmetic nomenclature must be used.
The rules aim at helping consumersThe rules aim at ensuring that consumers obtain important information about cosmetics. This may e.g. be what the cosmetics are used for, what they contain, and the date of durability (sell-by date). Information about any safety instructions and enterprise name and address must also be provided.
The person responsible for marketing is also responsible for compliance with the rulesThe person responsible for marketing is also responsible for ensuring that the consumer is not misled - that the rules are complied with. This might be the manufacturer, importer, wholesaler or retail distributor. The person who places cosmetics on the market is responsible for the container, and that any exterior packaging is labelled with the required information.
The Environmental Protection Agency's chemical inspectors monitor compliance with the rules, and ensure that illegal situations are brought into compliance. This may involve withdrawing the product from the Danish market, or making the product legal in some other way. Anyone who breaches the rules may additionally be subject to a fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.
The rules are available (in Danish) at the Retsinfo (legal information) website:
Statutory Order of the Ministry of the Environment no. 422 of 4 May 2006 on cosmetic products with later amendments (Bekendtgørelse nr. 422 af 4. maj 2006 om kosmetiske produkter, med senere ændringer) (in Danish). Part 3 is about labelling cosmetic products.
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National REACH helpdesk is a service established in every Member State providing advice to companies and other stakeholders on the obligations they may have under REACH.
The Danish REACH helpdesk:www.reachhelpdesk.dk (in Danish)
Ph: + 45 7012 0211
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