The changes to the Cosmetic Directive (76/768/EEC), from new EU regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 will come into force by July 2013. The main changes producers should note are to the cosmetic safety assessments (part of the product information file). These are more complex and the data required for an assessor to carry out the assessment is more rigorous. The upside is there will be a new EU central register, meaning you don’t have to register with each national regulator in your chosen EU markets. The responsibilities of the actors in the supply chain are more clearly defined by this regulation and assigned to a responsible person. We have been helping clients understand these changes.