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Manufacturing or selling cosmetic products

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency | Statistics Netherlands organisation (CBS)

If you manufacture or sell cosmetic products in the Netherlands, you must comply with the European Cosmetics RegulationExternal link 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 productExternal link (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 22716External link). 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.

Notification

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 PortalExternal link. 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 certificateExternal link from the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (in Dutch).

Animal testing

Animal testing for cosmetics is banned in the European UnionExternal link. 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

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Statistics Netherlands organisation (CBS)