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EU cosmetic labeling

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Deadline for durability labeling of cosmetic products with a life of more than 30 months went into effect March 11, the EU Commission reminds industry and consumers in a same day statement. Provision requires products to indicate the time period by which the item must be used after opening using a symbol of an open beauty cream jar followed by the period of use after opening. "The motivation behind this initiative is to better inform consumers, given some cosmetics can deteriorate after opening and be possibly harmful to the consumer," Commission states. Labeling of 26 fragrance allergens used in fragrances in cosmetic products also is mandatory as of March 11. New labeling requirements follow the adoption of the directive in 2003 by the European Parliament and the Council (1"The Rose Sheet" Feb. 17, 2003, In Brief)...

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