EU Law and Labelling Information
EU LAW (COSMETICS REGULATIONS)
Please click here to find a document on EU Law regarding cosmetics regulations and also guidance can be found at the CTPA and also on the Cosmetic Europe page. Read both documents and weep .
WHAT DO THE SYMBOLS ON THE LABELS MEAN?
This symbol indicates that the outer packaging does not provide sufficient space to print all the pertinent information required to fully understand the usage of the product. When this symbol appears, there is always additional information available to the consumer not appearing on the outer packaging either in the form of a leaflet, inside the outer packaging, or online.
PAO - Period After Opening
This symbol will tell you how long the formula will remain stable after you remove the factory seal. This is not a "best before" date, however, this symbol refers only to shelf life after the seal is removed. Shelf life, for most cosmetics with an intact factory seal, is 36-48 months. Some manufacturers recommend 18 months!
This symbol indicates that the product is registered with a third party that will collect the empty package for recycling purposes. All cosmetics companies selling products in jurisdictions where curbside recycling programs do not exist, are required to provide services to recycle the packaging components. This symbol informs consumers that the manufacturer provides such services. In Canada, because most municipalities offer blue bin service, this symbol is often not required.
For colour cosmetics, such as make-up and lipstick, which come in a range of shades, all of the colours used in the product range are listed together at the end of the list preceded by the "may contain" symbol which is a simple "+/-". Each particular shaded product will use a selection of the colours listed.