Council Directive 76/768/EEC

Cosmetics marketed in the European Communities, whether manufactured locally or imported from abroad, must be in compliance wit the EU Council Directive for cosmetic 76/768/EEC to safeguard public health when applied under normal conditions of us.


REACH stands for the Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. The REACH Regulation entered into force on 1st June 2007 to streamline and improve the former legislative framework for chemicals of the European Union (EU). REACH is an European Community Regulation that directly applies in all Member States of the European Union. As REACH is of EEA (European Economic Area) relevance, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will apply REACH after it has been incorporated into the agreement of European Economic Area. Substances imported in the Community from Switzerland (a non EU country belonging to EFTA (European Free Trade Association) but
not to EEA) are treated under REACH in the same way as substances imported from any other non-EU country.

Non-Community manufacturers do not have direct obligations under the REACH Regulation. It is the importer established within the Community, who needs to comply with the REACH obligations.

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