Cosmetic products and cannabis under the EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009

Cannabis Cosmetics Regulations

Cosmetic products and cannabis under the EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009

What is a “cosmetic product”

A cosmetic product is any substance or preparation intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity, with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, and/or protecting them or keeping them in good condition, and/or correcting body odours.

The exact products that fall under a “cosmetics” regulation varies between countries.

The regulations in the EU related to cosmetics are the EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009

The EU Cosmetic Ingredient Database

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients contained in the:

Ingredients made from Industrial Hemp  – Cannabis Sativa L.

Searching the database you can find the common ingredients that are derived from Industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) and see the recognised functions from a cosmetics perspective and the restrictions.

Ingredient : CANNABIDIOL



Cannabis Sativa Oil


Cannabis Sativa Extract

Cosmetics Product Notification Portal

If you are selling CBD as a cosmetic for topical use only, the product should be registered at the cosmetics product notification portal


1. Prior to placing the cosmetic product on the market the responsible person shall submit, by electronic means, the following information to the Commission:

(a) the category of cosmetic product and its name or names, enabling its specific identification;
(b) the name and address of the responsible person where the product information file is made readily accessible; (c) the country of origin in the case of import;
(d) the Member State in which the cosmetic product is to be placed on the market;
(e) the contact details of a physical person to contact in the case of necessity;
(f) the presence of substances in the form of nanomaterials and: (i) their identification including the chemical name (IUPAC) and other descriptors as specified in point 2 of the Preamble to Annexes II to VI to this Regulation; (ii) the reasonably foreseeable exposure conditions;
(g) the name and the Chemicals Abstracts Service (CAS) or EC number of substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR), of category 1A or 1B, under Part 3 of Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008;
(h) the frame formulation allowing for prompt and appropriate medical treatment in the event of difficulties.

The first subparagraph shall also apply to cosmetic products notified under Directive 76/768/EEC. 2. When the cosmetic product is placed on the market, the responsible person shall notify to the Commission the original labelling, and, where reasonably legible, a photograph of the corresponding packaging.

8 thoughts on “Cosmetic products and cannabis under the EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009

    • Adriaan says:

      Hi Pauline,

      a slightly complicated topic,

      I will send you an email so we can pick up the thread there if you want,

      sorry about reacting to your message so late! I had overlooked it,

      hope we can help.

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