Cosmetic product means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours.
Any cosmetic product should comply with Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. Each cosmetic product must be notified accordingly on the Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP).
The CPNP is a free of charge online notification system created for the implementation of the cosmetics regulation. When a product has been notified in the CPNP there is no need for any further notification at national level in the European Union.
When the notification process is complete, the system will assign a notification number for each product. Kindly give this notification number to Customs as proof that you have performed the notification, along with the correct label which will be used.
The label should include the correct particulars and requirements as established within Article 19 of the same regulation. These includes an EU address (of the responsible person who notified the product), the country of origin for products imported into the EU, the nominal content at the time of packaging (given by weight or volume), the date of minimum durability, particular precautions to be observed, the batch number, the function of the cosmetic product and the list of ingredients (the ingredients list should be written using the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) nomenclature. The labelling elements listed above should be made available in either English or Maltese as per Legal notice 323 of 2011.
Furthermore, cosmetic products should not contain any claims relating to the treating or curing, etc. of a disease or medical condition.