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On 31 January the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) as established by the Withdrawal Agreement approved by the EU and UK which has averted the danger of separation of the UK from the EU without an agreement (no deal).

Cosmetica Italia has issues an updated summary of the obligations got UK cosmetic companies after the exit. These are:

  • From 1 February 2020 UK has become a third country compared to the EU.
  • The transition period until 31 December 2020 (Part Four, article 126 of the Withdrawal Agreement) has entered into force, therefore European laws, including Regulation 12232009, will continue to apply in the UK until the current end of the transition period.
  • A UK-based manufacturer or importer will no longer be considered an EU-based economic operator. At the same time, an economic operator from the 27 Member States, considered a distributor of UK products before Brexit, will become an importer of cosmetics from a third country and will have to comply with all the obligations laid down for an importer by Regulation 12232009.
  • Responsible persons based in the UK will no longer be recognized as such by the EU and will therefore have to be replaced by responsible persons based in one of the 27 Member States.
  • If a product is manufactured in another non-EU country and is imported into the UK to be marketed in the EU, a responsible person must be present in one of the 27 Member States.

Learn more about UL’s cosmetic product testing.