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If you manufacture or sell cosmetic products in the Netherlands, you must comply with the European Cosmetics Regulation and the Dutch 2011 Commodities (cosmetic products) Act.
Access to product information
Manufacturers or suppliers of cosmetic products must be able to provide information about the product (in Dutch). If the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit, NVWA) asks you for specific product information, you must make this information available within 3 working days.
Demonstrating product safety
Manufacturers or importers of cosmetics must be able to demonstrate that their products are safe. They can do so by means of a safety evaluation performed by a pharmacist, toxicologist, dermatologist or cosmetic chemist.
Working with production standards
If you manufacture cosmetic products, you must adhere to production standards (NEN-EN-ISO 22716). This ensures that you work hygienically and use good-quality raw materials.
Labelling cosmetic products
Cosmetic product labelling must include information about the manufacturer, the product, its effect, its quantity, its ingredients and its shelf life.
Before you manufacture a cosmetic product or if you are the first to import it into the European Union, you must send a notification to the European Commission via the Cosmetic Product Notification Portal. This also applies to cosmetic products that contain 'new' nanomaterials.
Requesting an export certificate
If you want to export cosmetic products outside of the European Union, you have to request an export certificate from the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (in Dutch).
Animal testing for cosmetics is banned in the European Union. The ban includes:
- animal testing for cosmetics;
- animal testing for the ingredients of cosmetics;
- trading in cosmetic products which have been tested on animals.
Statistics: consumer price index
Consumer price index of cosmetic products