Legislative resources


Cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC →
The Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC was published on July 27th, 1976. It allows cosmetic products in the European Economic Area to circulate freely and ensures their safety for use.

Safety Assessor requirements as per the 89/48/EEC Directive →
The 89/48/EEC Directive published on 21st of December 1988 presents a general system for the recognition of qualifications of professions  that require a University degree or equivalent. The directive is recognized by the European Union,  Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Information on the necessary qualifications of the Safety Assessor completing a Safety Assessment of a cosmetic product to be commercialized in the European Union are mentioned in this directive.

Aerosol Dispensers Directive 75/324/EEC →
The Aerosol Dispenser Directive 75/324/EEC came into force on May 20th, 1975 and it covers aerosol dispensers. Since its publication it was amended twice, last by the Directive 2008/47/EC of April 8th, 2008 as consequence of technical progress.

Commission regulation (EU) 2018/35
of 10 January 2018 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (‘D4’) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (‘D5’)

Useful links

ERPA moreover aims at providing information and updates to the players of the cosmetic products industry or any other interested third party. As such, we will constantly keep updating the list of links that we believe will provide you with relevant and useful information.


22716 GMP
The EN/ISO/22716 guidelines are intended to provide guidance regarding Good Manufacturing Practices for cosmetic products. These guidelines have been prepared for consideration by the cosmetic industry and take into account the specific needs of this sector. The guidelines offer organizational and practical advice on the management of the human, technical and administrative factors affecting product quality of cosmetic products.