Cosmetics sold in the Customs Union, which includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, have to be compliant with the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Cosmetic Products (CU TR 009/2011).
Technical Regulation on the Safety of Cosmetic Products (CU TR 009/2011).
Definition of Cosmetics Product
The definition of cosmetic products in the Customs Union is the same as the EU definition.
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.
Cosmetic products placed on the Customs Union market have to be safe for use by the end consumers. Safety of the products is checked in various ways. The product formula needs to be compliant with the annexes of the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Cosmetic Products (CU TR 009/2011). Like in the EU, annexes of the Technical Regulation mention the prohibited ingredients, restricted ingredients, allowed dyes/pigments, preservatives and UV filters. However, the lists are not wholly the same as those in the EU cosmetics regulations.
All of the products imported into the Customs Union also need to undergo various tests at one of the approved laboratories based in the Customs Union. Tests conducted in those laboratories depends on the type and classification of cosmetic products.
Furthermore, products sold in the Customs Union need to be produced according to GMP standards, and claims made on cosmetic products need to be substantiated.
The labelling requirements follow the principles of the EU cosmetics regulations. In addition; the products need to bear the EAC conformity mark, that most of the information on the label needs to be in Russian and that an expiry date is obligatory for all products.
The registration process for cosmetic products depends on whether the products are classified as lower or higher risk. Higher risk products are the following: tanning products, skin whiteners, intimate care products, cosmetics for children, depilatories and skin peels, hair lighteners, bleachers, straighteners and waivers, products with nanomaterials, oral hygiene products with more than 0.15% fluoride and certain teeth whitening products.
While higher risk products need to undergo a State registration and lower risk products have to issue a Declaration of conformity (EAC declaration) to a body approved by Rospotrebnadzor.
Both the Declaration of conformity and the State registration are pre-market requirements, meaning that they have to be done before the products are imported into the Customs Union.
Registration for both product classes must be done by a local Authorized Representative.
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