Brexit update: European Commission and CTPA give new advice to businesses


Uncertainty shrouds the UK's departure from the EU but new guidance is being delivered to help companies prepare

The European Commission has published a communication on preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

It outlines the current preparations and looks at all the possible outcomes of Brexit, given the current uncertainty.

“While the EU is working day and night for a deal ensuring an orderly withdrawal, the UK's withdrawal will undoubtedly cause disruption – for example in business supply chains – whether or not there is a deal,” said the Commission.

“As there is still no certainty that there will be a ratified withdrawal agreement in place on that date [30 March 2019], or what it will entail, preparations have been ongoing to try to ensure that the EU institutions, member states and private parties are prepared for the UK's withdrawal.”

The EU documents can be found at:

Brexit implications for cosmetics industry

Brexit means that the UK will become a ‘third country’ and that EU law will cease to apply, including over 30 regulations that impact the cosmetics sector, says the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA).

Of particular importance are Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 and REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

“It is important to stress that all companies will be affected by the UK leaving the EU, and consequences will be greater for companies placing cosmetic products on the EU or the UK market or that are part of an EU/UK integrated supply chain,” said Olivia Santoni, the CTPA’s Director, regulatory and international services.

Companies need to be prepared and should consider the following, said Santoni:

  • The possible requirement to set up a Responsible Person within the EU and the UK.
  • Updating labels to include the address of an EU RP and a UK RP.
  • Tariffs on materials and goods.
  • Increased complexity costs and delays relating to Customs.
  • Supply chain issues relating to REACH (and possibly UK REACH).

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