Cosmetic Directive

Definition and Scope of Cosmetic Product

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1. A “cosmetic product” shall mean any substance or preparation intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance and/or correcting body odours and/or protecting them or keeping them in good condition.

2. The products to be considered as cosmetic products within the meaning of this definition are listed in Appendix I.

3. Cosmetic products containing any substances in Annex V shall be excluded from the scope of this Directive. Member States may take measures as they deem necessary with regard to those products.