What is a Responsible Person?
EU Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, which came into effect on July 11, 2013, established the concept of a Responsible Person (RP) for cosmetic products.
An RP is responsible for ensuring that the cosmetic product they place on the market complies with the Regulation. An RP can be an individual or a legally registered company and they must be located in the European Economic Area (EEA). There must be an RP for every cosmetic product placed on the market in the EEA.
Before placing a cosmetic product on the market in the EEA, the RP must ensure that the cosmetic product is safe for use and meets the requirements of the Regulation. The name and address of the RP must be on the label of the cosmetic product and in the product information file (PIF).
A cosmetic product does not require approval or a licence before being placed on the market. However, the RP must ensure the cosmetic product meets the requirements of the Regulation.