All cosmetic products supplied throughout the UK must be safe.

In the UK and across Europe cosmetic products are covered by robust safety legislation, the EU Cosmetic Products Regulation 1223/2009 (CPR).  All cosmetic products placed on the UK and European market must comply with these strict laws which are in place to ensure human safety and to protect consumers from misleading claims concerning efficacy and other characteristics of cosmetic products. 

CTPA is often asked for advice and guidance for the industry on the producing and selling of cosmetic and personal care products, both in the UK and internationally. In this section CTPA has compiled answers to the most commonly sought after questions that we receive, making this a useful tool for any member, company or individual with a range of questions about the industry.

The safety of our customers is the number one priority of the cosmetics industry. CTPA provides top level guidance for non-members, including SME's and start-up companies which outlines the regulations with which all cosmetic products must comply.

The FAQs are broken up into individual sections for ease of use.

If you are unsure of where to start, select the help tool from the drop-down menu above.

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