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March 4, 2019Cosmetic regulations

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Swiss cosmetic regulations

Swiss cosmetics regulations are close to those of the European Union, but there are differences. Although Switzerland is a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), it is not a signatory to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The essentials you need to know to export to Switzerland.

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Cosmetic products intended for the Swiss market are subject to the Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (OSAV). They are included in the so-called “utility articles” products.

In accordance with Article 5 of the Federal Act on Foodstuffs and Utility Articles: “Usual objects are defined as objects that fall into one of the following product categories:…
b. cosmetics and other articles, substances and preparations which, when used as normally intended, come externally into contact with the body, teeth or mucous membranes;
c. utensils and inks for tattooing and permanent make-up;…
g. aerosol dispensers that contain foodstuffs or other utility articles;…”

Annex I of the Cosmetic Products Ordinance Cosmetic Products Ordinance provides an indicative list of products that may be considered as cosmetics:
• Creams, emulsions, lotions, gels and oils for skin care
• Beauty masks
• Foundations (liquids, pastes, powders)
• Make-up powders, powders to be applied after the bath, powders for personal hygiene
• Toilet soaps, deodorant soaps
• Perfumes, eaux de toilette and eau de Cologne
• Preparations for baths and showers (salts, foams, oils, gels)
• Depilatories
• Deodorants and antiperspirants
• Hair care products:
> hair dyes and bleaches
> products for undulation, straightening and fixing
> hair styling products ...