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The European Commission notifies the glossary of cosmetic ingredients to the WTO

On 20 December 2018, the European Union transmitted to the WTO a draft Decision to establish a glossary of common ingredient names for use in the labelling of cosmetic products, with 26491 entries. This Decision should be adopted by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

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Notification Date

20 December 2018

Products covered

Cosmetics

Title of the notified document

Draft Commission Decision establishing a glossary of common ingredient names for use in the labelling of cosmetic products

Content

This draft Commission Decision aims at establishing a glossary of common ingredient names for use in cosmetic products, to ensure uniform labelling and facilitate identification of cosmetic ingredients.

Objective

Protection of human health and safety

The text of the future Decision

Whereas

1. Article 19(1)(g) of Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009 requires the labelling information on cosmetic products to include a list of ingredients. The ingredients are to be expressed using the common ingredient name set out in a glossary to be compiled and updated by the Commission pursuant to Article 33 of that Regulation. The glossary is required to take account of internationally recognised nomenclatures including the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI).

2. Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009 repealed and replaced Council Directive 76/768/EEC. The inventory of ingredients used in cosmetic products and the common ingredients nomenclature referred to in Articles 5a and 7(2) of that Directive were established by Commission Decision 96/335/EC and updated in 2006 by Commission Decision 2006/257/EC. The inventory and nomenclature has since become outdated as a result of the high number of new ingredients introduced onto the market every ...