Tuesday, February 26, 2013Cosmetics glossary

Making available on the market

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Making available on the market a cosmetic product is precisely defined in the Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation 1223/2009 – implemented in full on 11 July 2013).

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After the Article 2 of the Cosmetics Regulation, making available on the market means "any supply of a cosmetic product for distribution, consumption or use on the Community market in the course of a commercial activity, whether in return for payment or free of charge ".

Not to be confused with placing on the market, which means "the first making available of a cosmetic product on the Community market."

The "making available on the market" concerns mainly manufacturers or importers, while the "placing on the market" is relevant for distributors, wholesalers or retailers.

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