Published on: 25/11/2020.
The European Commission has issued a new technical document agreed by national authorities and stakeholders that further clarifies which claims producers of cosmetic products cannot make regarding their products. It adds to the Coronavirus crisis guidance, which informs economic operators on applicable regulations (i.e. the Cosmetic Products Regulation or the Biocidal Products Regulation) and claims that can be made to the consumer.

Enhanced personal hygiene is one of the key ways to prevent the spread of the COVID-19: leave–on hand gel can be effective in this sense, but they are also subject to different EU regulatory frameworks depending on their properties and purpose. This is one of the reasons why the Commission adopted the Coronavirus crisis guidance last March.

Several authorities signaled that there were leave-on hand gel cosmetic products on the EU market making ambiguous claims about their actual cosmetic or biocidal function. Those claims can confuse users on the real purpose of a hand gel (e.g. to simply clean or disinfect) and should therefore be banned.

The new list provides full clarity on the claims that must not be used on cosmetic leave-on hand gels. These include claims such as ‘kills bacteria’ or ‘sanitizing’, pictures or graphical elements related to coronavirus, and symbols of medical connotation such as a hospital red cross. EU economic operators and national competent authorities can now refer to this list and implement the applicable legal framework in a more harmonised and coherent way.

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