All cosmetic products supplied throughout the UK must be safe.

All cosmetic products placed on the UK and European market must comply with strict laws which are in place to ensure human safety and to protect consumers from misleading claims concerning efficacy and other characteristics of cosmetic products.

CTPA provides top level guidance for non-members, including SME's and start-up companies which outlines the regulations with which all cosmetic products must comply.

If you are unsure of where to start, select the help tool from the drop-down menu above.


Importing, Exporting and Online Sales


Making Cosmetics

Product Classification

Regulation of Cosmetics

Safety Assessment

What Help is Available?

CTPA Consumer Website

This dedicated website for consumers provides scientific facts about common ingredients used in cosmetics. Sort out which are myths or scares and put what you read into perspective.

Read more