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First Steps to Comply With New EU Regulation Begin in January 2012

By: Claire Thévenin
Posted: November 30, 2011

Under the European Union’s (EU) Regulation No. 1223/2009—making the EU the most highly regulated beauty industry in the world—the notification of cosmetic products will begin in January 2012. For beauty companies, it is the first step to comply with regulation that will go into effect in July 2013 and fully replace the current Cosmetics Directive. Until now, there was no such centralized process; each EU member state had its own system.

The European Commission has created an electronic system called the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP), and it will be free of charge. Brand owners, through a designated and legal representative, will have to submit various information related to each product on the market. It is foreseen that hundreds of thousands of products will be impacted—estimates vary between 300,000 and 800,000 notifications. A transition period of 18 months will allow companies to get ready for the July 2013 deadline.

Specifics of the regulation and its requirements are available by searching “1223/2009” on www.CosmeticsandToiletries.com.

Le Printemps Revamps Its Perfume Section

Parisian department store Le Printemps Haussmann has finalized the renovation of its space dedicated to beauty. Dubbed “La Belle Parfumerie,” it occupies the entire ground floor of the store (2,000 square meters) and offers about 120 brands. The idea is to restore the reputation of perfumery, and put a special focus on the tradition and savoir faire of French perfumers. For instance, The Scent Room, launched in 2007, has more than doubled its space, from 150 to 500 square meters, and is home to 34 brands.

Among them, five are newcomers to the retailer’s shelves: Tom Ford Private Blend, La Collection Privée Christian Dior, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Penhaligon’s. In parallel, Serge Lutens has created Choc Noir, a new architectural concept specially designed for Le Printemps, while Guerlain will be featured. (Previously, the brand was sold in Printemps Mode, one of the three buildings on Boulevard Haussmann that comprises the department store and is the main store for women’s fashion and accessories). Hermès has also opened a private space, displaying its entire collection for the first time outside its own boutiques.