EU Publishes New Glossary of Common Ingredient Names for Use in the Labeling of Cosmetic Products

Posted on: May 21, 2019

by Dr. Percy Doufou-Shafiq

photo of European Commission flags - Lear more about the New Glossary of Common Ingredient NamesOn May 8, 2019, the European Commission published Decision (EU) 2019/701, establishing a glossary of common ingredient names for use in the labeling of cosmetics which replaces the old glossary adopted in Decision 96/335/EC (as amended by 2006/257/EC). Decision 96/335/EC will be repealed on May 8, 2020.

Article 33 of the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 established the requirements for a glossary of common ingredients in cosmetics, taking into account internationally recognized nomenclatures including the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI). An inventory of ingredients and their common nomenclature was published in Decision 96/335/EC (as amended).

Due to the great number of new ingredients introduced on the market in years following publication of the initial inventory, the inventory has become outdated.

Additionally, the requirements set out in Article 5a of Directive 76/768/EEC, with regards to the inventory content (e.g., function of the ingredient, restrictions of use) go beyond the requirements of Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. Therefore, the new inventory confines its content to Article 33, and does not provide information such as CAS or ingredient function.

Colorant and perfuming names

Colorants, other than those used in hair colorants, are required by Article 19(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 to be named according to the CI (Colour Index) nomenclature, where applicable for the purposes of labeling. Therefore, the CI number should be listed as the common ingredient name. In addition, as noted in the decision, some ingredients used in perfume and aromatic compositions do not have an INCI name. For those ingredients, the “perfuming names’’ that have been used in the EU for labeling purposes are listed in the glossary.

According to Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, the common ingredient names listed in the glossary are to be used at the latest 12 months after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Decision will enter into force 20 days after its publication. In other words, one is permitted to use these names starting on May 28, 2019, but it will be mandatory to do so by May 28, 2020.


Commission Decision (EU) 2019/701

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