ERPA Cosmetics


What is ERPA?

What is a responsible person?

What is a cosmetic product?

ERPA is the European cosmetics Responsible Person Association gathering European Professional Responsible Persons, Safety Assessors and Cosmetic testing Laboratories.



“Only cosmetic products for which a legal or natural person is designated within the Community as ‘responsible person’ shall be placed on the market.”

(Art. 4.1., 1223/2009/EC, L 342/65, 22.12.2009)

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

(Art. 4.2., 1223/2009/EC, L 342/65, 22.12.2009)



“‘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;”

(Art. 2., 1223/2009/EC, L 342/64, 22.12.2009)