Before a cosmetic product is placed on the market it shall be ensured that it contains only substances approved within the EEA.

  • Substances listed in Annex II of the EC regulation are prohibited in cosmetic products. 
  • Substances listed in Annex III of the EC regulation are subject for restrictions.
  • In Annexes IV-VI of the EC regulation allowed colorants, preservatives and UV filters are listed. 

On the CosIng website of the European Commission can be checked if a certain substance is approved in cosmetic products, prohibited or if there are some rules or restrictions on the substance. The substance name is written in the search window on the site and then information about it will appear with reference to Annex of the EC regulation on cosmetic products.