Revised Technical Regulation on perfumery and cosmetic products

On March 29, 2019, the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission decided to amend the technical regulations in force in the countries of the Customs Union "On the safety of perfumes and cosmetics" (TR CU 009/2011). They mainly apply to legal and technical aspects related to the functioning of the cosmetics and perfumery industry.

New terms and definitions

The main part of the changes regards supplementing the document with new terms and definitions added to Article 3. The new definitions include:

  • “self-tanning cosmetics" (cosmetics which give a tan effect without exposing skin to UV rays)
  • “microbiological low-risk products" (products that do not create conditions for the survival and growth of microorganisms),
  • "sterile perfumery-cosmetic products" (products that are hermetically packaged, intended to be used once and meet sterility requirements),
  • "seller" (legal person, individual entrepreneur, resident of the Eurasian Economic Union specialising in perfumery or/and cosmetics trade)

Additional requirements

The regulations have been supplemented with a new article 5.1 entitled "Ensuring compliance of perfumes and cosmetics with the requirements of technical regulation TR CU 009/2011". The article describes additional requirements for some types of perfumes and cosmetics regarding ingredients and indicators, as well as labeling methods.

Another important issue is the change to Article 6 on conformity assessment. It concerns a database of documents confirming the product’s compliance with the requirements as well as the detailed rules for registering the declaration of compliance of perfumes and cosmetics, including the possibility of accepting the declaration without repeated or additional tests.

Extended list of banned substances

It is worth paying attention to the significant extension of the list of prohibited substances for use in perfumes and cosmetics. The content of Annexes 1-6, which specifies the list of substances prohibited in use during production in the cosmetics industry, the list of substances that are authorized to use with the restrictions described in the regulations, the list of approved dyes and UV filters, as well as the requirements for the pH level in products cosmetics and perfumery has been changed.

The amendments to the technical regulation were introduced by Decision No. 32 of 29 March 2019 (published 6 May 2019). The new provisions of the regulations entered into force 12 months after publication, i.e. May 6, 2020.