Rules & Regulations- legally selling products



What you need to do to sell your products legally?

  • Formulate your products and trial them – your friends and family come in handy.
  • Obtain a Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) – click here for more information from the Soap Kitchen. (There is also a helpful drop down menu with selected articles about CPSR under the Tips n Tricks section, or simply click here)
  • Establish a Good Manufacturing Practice (click here for GMP article)– this ensures your products are always safe and manufactured in a professional and hygienic manner.
  • Keep a Product Information File (PIF) – this is record of your product and latest batch produced should it be requested by the authorities or public.
  • Give each batch of product you produce a unique batch code – this means keeping full record in a manufacturing log of everything you make and the ingredients used.
  • Label your products correctly – this is imperative, as customers need to know exactly what’s in it as most cosmetics come in direct contact with skin. (N.B next week’s article will cover everything needed to label products correctly, link to be added when it goes live)
  • Notify the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) – this is a database for the purposes of market surveillance, analysis, evaluation and consumer information. (They need to be contacted even if you’re selling pre-assessed products)
  • Get the right insurance. Public liability is usually required, most insurance providers will have more information (sometimes the market itself is covered, they will let you know and usually ask for a donation to be included under their insurance)
  • Notify the HMRCTrading standards and any other authority that your are manufacturing products.

Cosmetic Regulations

Cosmetic legislation ensures that all cosmetic products that are on the market in the UK (and throughout the EU) are safe and fit for purpose. It is regulated by the European legislation, the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009.

Article 4.2 of the regulations states:

“For each cosmetic product placed on the market, the responsible person shall ensure compliance with the relevant obligations set out in this Regulation.”

If you are making and selling products then you are the person that is held responsible to meet all the obligations set out in the regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you are complying with the regulations and carrying out all necessary record keeping and safety precautions.

The Cosmetic Regulation controls what may or may not be put into a cosmetic. The primary purpose of these laws is to protect human safety. It is important that your future customer has confidence in the safety of your products.

What products does this include?

So, if you sell any of these products, they all come under the ‘cosmetics’ umbrella and will need to comply with the specific regulations:

  • soaps
  • shower gels
  • bath bombs
  • bath salts
  • body scrubs
  • lip balm
  • shampoos
  • hair dyes
  • skin toners
  • moisturisers
  • cleansers
  • creams
  • antiperspirants
  • sunscreens
  • oral hygiene products such as toothpastes
  • fine fragrances and other perfumery products

It can seem quite daunting and can initially be an expensive process, but once the ball starts rolling, it will improve productivity within your business (no matter how big or small) and give you the ability to proudly sell your products legally, and who knows where it will take you…If you don’t believe us watch ‘The Story of The Soap Kitchen’ and see how our Director’s began.

Sounds too scary?

If however, this is all terrifying and too much information, why not start by selling handmade pre-assessed toiletries? This will give you the opportunity to be creative by adding your own branding & packaging but none of the ‘legal’ hassle, please be aware though you will still need to alert The Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP) for more information we have an article dedicated to pre-assessed products, click here)

Here to help

We have lots of information about CPSR’s, there is a dedicated folder in the drop down menu under Tips&Tricks which has flagged any relevant articles, various information on our FAQ‘s and a whole section on our main website.  We hope this has answered any questions you had, if you are still unsure of something comment below and we’ll do our best to help.

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