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Cosmetic products for babies and infants

Cosmetic products are governed within the European Union by the EC Cosmetic Products Regulation and in Germany by the Food, Commodities and Feed Code (LFGB) as well as the Cosmetics Ordinance. These statutory provisions include already a large number of requirements which are to ensure more particularly the safety of cosmetic products which are intended for babies and infants. They include, for instance, special regulations on substances (bans and restrictions of use) as well as instructions for use and warnings. For cosmetic products which are intended for children below the age of three, a specific assessment must be made in terms of safety of the product for this target group.

The special responsibility of the cosmetics industry vis a vis this target group is, however, also reflected by a series of additional voluntary measures which accompany the development and manufacturing of the products up to the final tolerance testing.

A working group of IKW has compiled criteria and requirements for the manufacturing of cosmetic products which are especially intended for babies and infants. This catalogue of criteria can be called up here."

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