What does the UK cosmetics landscape look like post Brexit and what does it mean for the industry?
Take a look at where we are now and what is to
come in 2020.
The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union
tonight, on 31st January 2020 at midnight (Brussels time). The EU
and the United Kingdom have conducted intensive negotiations to agree on the
terms of the UK’s withdrawal and create legal certainty once EU law ceases to
apply to the UK.
next? Transition period
When the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 31st January 2020, we will enter into the transition period. This time-limited period was agreed as part of the Withdrawal Agreement and will last until at least 31st December 2020. Until then, it will be business as usual for citizens, consumers, businesses, in both the EU and the United Kingdom, EU law will still apply in the United Kingdom until the end of the transition period.
Article 41 of the EU Withdrawal Agreement states that
goods placed on the EU27 or UK markets before the end of the implementation
period may be further made available and circulate between the two markets
until they reach the end consumer. Proof of when the goods were placed on the
market will be required.
The EU and the United Kingdom will use these months
to agree on a new and fair partnership for the future, based on the Political
Declaration agreed between the EU and the United Kingdom in October 2019.
the timeline of the transition period? Can it be extended?
The transition period starts on 1st
February 2020, and will end on 31st December 2020, unless a decision
to extend it is taken by mutual EU-UK agreement before 1 July 2020. Such an
extension can only be decided once, for a period of 1 or 2 years.
There are unknown facts around the full impact Brexit
will have on cosmetics regulation and compliance, but regulatory knowledge and
harmonisation across the European Union must still be prioritised. During this
year 2020 all kind of negotiations will take place, as the impact this would
have on the cosmetics industry, particularly regulation and compliance, is not
yet fully clear.
will happen if the responsible person for the cosmetics products is based in
the United Kingdom?
As we already know, as from the withdrawal date,
authorised representatives that are established in the United Kingdom will not
be recognised as authorised representatives for the purposes of legislation
applicable to the EU on health products. Accordingly, manufacturers must take
the appropriate measures to guarantee that, as from the withdrawal date, their
authorised representatives are established in the EU-27.
about goods placed on the market?
The Withdrawal Agreement provides that goods lawfully
placed on the market in the EU or the United Kingdom before the end of the
transition period may continue to freely circulate in and between these two
markets, until they reach their end-users, without any need for product
modifications or re-labelling.
This means that goods that will still be in the
distribution chain at the end of the transition period can reach their
end-users in the EU or the United Kingdom without having to comply with any
additional product requirements. Such goods may also be put into service (where
provided in the applicable provisions of Union law), and will be subject to
continued oversight by the market surveillance authorities of the Member States
and the United Kingdom.
What repercussions will Brexit have on the CPNP notifications for cosmetics products?
Whether or not a Brexit agreement is approved, the
new EU-27 responsible entity will need to file notification of the product with
the CPNP before introducing the cosmetics product into the EU-27 market after
the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
For cosmetics products manufactured in the United
Kingdom, the notification will need to state that they are imported from the
What repercussions will Brexit have on cosmetics PIF?
Whether or not a Brexit agreement is approved, the
data files on cosmetics products will need to be available at the address of
the EU-27 responsible entity and will need to be drawn up under the necessary
terms in the language of the Member State in question after the withdrawal of
the UK from the EU.
What repercussions will the withdrawal have on cosmetics product labelling?
Whether or not a Brexit agreement is approved,
cosmetics product labelling must include the name and address of the
Following the withdrawal, any cosmetics products
manufactured in the United Kingdom and marketed in Europe will be considered as
cosmetics products imported into the EU-27 from a third country. The country of
origin will therefore need to be indicated on the labelling.
calm, but be prepared.
The transition period starting on 1st February
2020 will give the companies a period to adapt and find the best solution for
its businesses, looking forward to the terms of the final agreement.
Please note – during the implementation period, while
the UK will be officially out of the EU, EU law will still be applicable in the
UK. In practice, this means that companies will continue to operate during the
implementation period itself as they have in the past; however, companies are
recommended to use this time to prepare for what is to come.
This means that in the short term (at the end of the
implementation period) UK law will be constituted of retained EU law, therefore
a ‘replica’ of EU law, with some differences in some mechanisms that depend on
the outcome of the negotiations.
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