Other Laws

Weights and measures legislation requires the product to carry a contents declaration in a specified type size. Other legislation affecting cosmetics and toiletries includes the Trade Descriptions Act, the Consumer Protection Act, legislation on alcohol, legislation on aerosols, and the Health and Safety at Work Act. The following is a list of UK legislation and guidance documents for example purposes.

Note: This list has been drawn up as a guide only and therefore is not exhaustive.

Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation

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Advertising and Promotion Claims

The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (SI No 1277 of 2008 )

The Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations (SI No 1276 of 2008), amended 2013 (SI No 2701)

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and (Commencement No 1) Order 1989 (SI 1989 No 816)

The British Codes of Advertising & Sales Promotion (March 2010)*

*Available from the Committee of Advertising Practice

Aerosol Legislation

Aerosol Dispensers Regulations 2009 (SI 2009 No. 2824)

Contact The British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association (BAMA) for further guidance www.bama.co.uk.

Alcohol Legislation

Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979

The Denatured Alcohol Regulations 2005 (SI 2005 No. 1524)

Customs & Excise Notice 473 (January 2012) 'Production, distribution and use of denatured alcohol'*

Customs & Excise Notice 64 (January 2012) 'Spirits in Imported Goods: Remission of Excise Duty'*

Customs & Excise Notice 47 (January 2012) 'Duty Free Spirits: use in manufacture or for medical or scientific purposes'*

* Available from HM Customs & Excise National Advice Service www.hmce.gov.uk.

Detergent Legislation

Main legislation is through The Detergents (Composition) Regulations as amended.

Contact the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association (UKCPI) for further guidance www.ukcpi.org.

Packaging and Packaging Waste

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (SI No 871 of 2007 ) and amendments

Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2003 (SI 2003 No 1941) and amendments

Weights and Measures Legislation

Weights & Measures Act 1985

The Weights & Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006 (SI No 659 of 2006)

The Weights & Measures (Quantity Marking & Abbreviation of Units) Regulations 1987 (SI No 1538 of 1987) and their 1988 Amendment (SI No 627 of 1988) and 1994 Amendment (SI No 1852 of 1994)

The Weights & Measures (Cosmetic Products) Order 1994 (SI No 1884 of 1994)

Other Legislation Affecting Cosmetics

Consumer Protection Act 1987

Trade Descriptions Act 1968

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) (SI 2002 No 2677) as amended

The Food Imitations (Safety) Regulations1989 (SI 1989 No 1291)

The Environmental Protection Act 1990

The Pollution Prevention & Control Regulations 2000 (SI 2000 No 1973) as amended

Trade Marks Act 1994

The Price Marking Order 2004 (SI 2004 No 102)

The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (SI 2005 No 1803) - Government guidance available

The Toy (Safety) Regulations 2011 (SI No 1881 of 2011)

The Competition Act 1998


All the above documents can be obtained from legislation.gov.uk or The Stationery Office