Registering cosmetics for EU import

Do you produce cosmetic products such as makeup, creams, lipsticks, or massage oils in the US, South America, Africa, Asia, or Australia and would you like to import and distribute these products in the European Union for the first time? Are you a distributor of cosmetic products and would you like to import cosmetics produced outside of the EU into the EU for the first time? Before a cosmetic product is imported for the first time into the EU, the cosmetic company or the importer responsible for importing the cosmetics must implement a series of bureaucratic steps. In particular, the distribution of products requires that these products be registered at the relevant national authorities for the port of entry and also be registered at the so-called Poison Control Center.

What we offer

We can advise you extensively regarding the legal requirements based on European law for registering cosmetic products in the EU based on the Cosmetics Directive. We will register your cosmetics with the relevant national authorities who will require information on the individual products and who must be notified regarding the ports of entry via which your goods will be imported into the EU.

In addition, we will register your cosmetic products throughout the EU at the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, which will forward the formulations to be indicated to the German – and since 2013 also throughout the EU – Poison Control Center.

Scope of service

  • Reviewing and assessing the requirements for importing cosmetic products into the EU
  • Consulting with respect to the legal options and the strategic procedure
  • Registering of the cosmetics with the respective national authorities
  • Registering of your cosmetic products throughout the EU at the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP)


We normally offer our consulting services to you calculated according to the time spent at a suitable hourly rate. When registering cosmetics, we will agree on lump-sum rates for each registered product. We believe that cost transparency and cost reliability form the basis of successful cooperation. We will be happy to provide you with an estimate of the expected costs before taking the job.

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