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LEGISLATION AND SAFETY

For shop owners, teachers, visagists, make-up artists and face painters.

As from 11 July 2013 the new EU Cosmetics Regulation are into force. This means that amended rules apply to cosmetics and the sales thereof. It also has consequences for using cosmetics on third parties.

The new European regulations are strict. For instance, the recipes of all products, including the minimum and maximum percentages of the used ingredients, must be reported to the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal. Labels must comply with new regulations and product claims must be substantiated. This makes cosmetics that are produced in Europe safer.
Everyone who sells cosmetics or uses them professionally is responsible for those cosmetics. Shop owners, visagists, teachers and face painters are expected to check for themselves whether cosmetic products really do comply with the rules of the Cosmetics Regulations.
Grimas complies with all these legal regulations and requirements.
Products produced outside Europe do not always comply with European legislation. If you purchase cosmetics that were produced outside Europe, you are wholly responsible for them. You will have to check everything yourself and must have dossiers and evidence. If you fail to meet this obligation, you may have to pay a substantial fine.

There are also products on the market that have not been officially imported. If you resell these products or if you work with these products and use them on third parties, you are infringing the rules and may get a fine or even a claim for damages. If you use cosmetics on third parties in your role as a make-up artist, visagist, face painter or teacher, you are responsible and therefore liable for any harm caused by a wrong product. It is therefore more important than ever for shop owners and professional users to make sure they are working with safe products.

What do you have to watch out for if you want to be sure you are not running any risks?

First of all, make sure that the cosmetics you are selling really are cosmetics and not watercolour paint or a product for special effects. Such products may look like cosmetics, but do not comply with the safety requirements of the EU Cosmetics Regulations at all.

Choose manufacturers who publish safety information sheets that cover the following:
the ingredients and their maximum percentages
bacteriology
toxicology
dermatological tests
improper use
the shelf life after opening
the minimum shelf life

For products for children, only choose make-up that can also be used on the mucous membranes and close to the eyes.

Ask manufacturers for a declaration which states that the products comply with the new legislation.

Make sure you buy products from manufacturers who take responsibility for their products and are adequately insured.

Grimas complies with all these conditions. Grimas even complies with the more stringent requirements that Denmark imposes on preservatives and on products for children, the only country in Europe to do so.
We only work with colourants that may also be used on the mucous membranes and close to the eyes.
You can find all the information about the safety of the products on our website. We are completely open about everything here:
From the recipe to the safety declaration.
From the safety information sheet to a dermatological declaration.
We work according to Good Manufacturing Practice.
The supervisory body - the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority - has performed an extensive check at Grimas and we are classified in the highest category.
The minimum shelf life is indicated on all our products, even where such an indication is not legally required.
We deliver so quickly that there is no need to maintain large stocks.