A Brief Description Of The EU Cosmetics Regulation Responsible Person

By Ines Flores

The European Union has formulated a set of regulations to govern the manufacturing, labeling and supply of cosmetic products in its jurisdiction. The new law came into place in July 2013 replacing ec76/768. The law unifies the rules on ingredients and labeling thereby abolishing the barriers to trade among countries in the Union. Also, the new EU cosmetics regulation responsible person is the brand owner with new description and legal responsibilities.

According to the new legislation, a responsible person or RP is someone with an address in the Union and is responsible for handling all documentation regarding the product. Such documents include the Product Information File or simply the PIF. This particular document should be accurate, up to date and confidential. It should also comprehensively cover the procedure for handling customer complaints.

The term responsible person is legal for an individual or group such as a company with certain pre-described obligation towards a product. It can be an individual agent in the European Union of the manufacturing company is based outside the European Union. Alternatively, the term may refer to the manufacturing company itself if based in the Union or one which orders the products manufacture. Also, the company involved in direct importation may play the role.

The role of RP cannot be emphasized enough. For manufacturers based outside the Union, the individuals provide the only way for their products to reach the EU market. This is because only goods with a designated natural or legal RP can be imported into the Union. Also, the individual ought to be identifiable with legal obligations.

Some of the obligations of a responsible individual are to report any significant negative effects of the goods to the relevant national authorities. The individual should also notify the CPNP before the goods are placed in European Union Market. If the products contain nano materials, he or she should notify the Commission 6 months before the product reaches the market.

The RP is also obligated to ascertain the safety and compliance with regulations of products entering the market. They ought to report products which pose a serious health risk to the relevant bodies. Besides, they ought to work together with the competent authorities to rectify the problem. Such authorities also help to gather information about products from users and health officers and share it with the other member states.

Having an RP is beneficial to both the government and the business. For the business, it ensures that there is one single individual who acts as the contact point for any issues regarding regulation in the entire European Union. They help compile and update PIF promptly and accurately so that the goods reach the market faster. In addition, they ensure that products comply with the law so that the business is out of trouble.

The fact that there is one person to respond to crisis and questions makes it easier for the company to respond to emergency situations. Also, the government is able to trace one person compared to the whole company in case of emergencies. Even when importers change, the RP remains the same so that there is no need for re-notifications and reprinting of labels. Thus, the government saves time and money.

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