The term recycling is used separately in some European countries, 


The label of a cosmetic product must display certain information as set out in Article 19 of the Regulation.  The language of the label must be the language of the country where the cosmetic will be sold.

Minimum date of durability is the date the cosmetic product will remain safe for use if stored under appropriate conditions. If a cosmetic product has a minimum date of durability of over 30 months, then a period after opening (PAO) is required.

PAO is the length of time after opening for which the product is considered fit for use by the consumer. An ‘open jar’ symbol followed by the period (in months and/or years) shows the PAO.

Minimum date of durability and PAO are not random figures. Rather, they are determined as part of testing required to be detailed in the cosmetic product safety report (CPSR) and evidence to support the declared minimum date of durability and PAO must be included in the CPSR. 


 Claims on cosmetic products must not be misleading to consumers and should not suggest that the cosmetic product has a property or function that it does not have.
Regulation (EU) No 655/2013 and the related guidance have been developed to provide more clarification on the categories of requirements that claims must fulfill in order to be recognized as acceptable under Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. These requirements apply not only to on-pack claims, but also to all advertising material such as advertisements, promotional leaflets, posters and websites. What are the rules of Labelling?  The six general criteria that claims must meet to be considered acceptable areas follows:

Legal Compliance

Claim that suggest

Approval of a cosmetic product
A product has a particular benefit when that benefit is just a requirement of the Regulation are not allowed
Eg: Approved for sale in Europe or 'Does Not contain Lead'.


Claims should be objectives and should not criticize competitors products.
Eg : Our Product X has Superior formulation to leading product Y.


All claims made on cosmetic products must be honest. For example, if an effect claimed is attributable to many different products, then one product cannot claim the benefit in the absence of the other products. A shampoo product cannot claim to detangle hair when it has been shown that the detangling occurs following use of both a shampoo and conditioner and not the shampoo alone.


A product claims to contain an ingredient, then the ingredient must be present in the product. Similarly, if the product claims to have a particular effect due to the presence of an ingredient, then the finished product must have that specific effect.E.g.: for the claim 'contains aloe Vera which has moisturizing effects', the finished product must contain aloe Vera and exhibit moisturizing effects.

Informed decision making

Claims should be clear and understandable to the average consumer.

Evidential support 

All claims made in respect of cosmetic products, whether stated or implied, must be supported by evidence. It is acceptable to substantiate a claim using different types of evidential support, such as literature, consumer or clinical studies..

The common criteria are in place to ensure claims made on cosmetic products are not misleading to consumers.
The common criteria should be applied from the perspective of a consumer who is reasonably well-informed. The RP must give consideration as to how a consumer would interpret the claim.

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