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1 Market Surveillance on Cosmetic Products in Estonia
Natali Promet Health Protection Inspectorate Estonia , Brussels

2 Content of the presentation
Introduction Legislation Short historical note Market surveillance (MS) bodies Health Protection Inspectorate (HPI) as the Competent Authority, its structure Agreements between HPI, Consumer Protection Board & Customs Market of the Cosmetic Products in Estonia Market surveillance activities Results of MS Laboratory testing RAPEX Notification

3 Estonia in brief Population: 1 356 000 Area: 45 227 km²
Coastline: 3794 km Capital: Tallinn Regions: 15 counties Borders: 633 km total 339 km with Latvia and 294 km with Russia Distance from Tallinn to Helsinki: 85km; to Riga: 307km; to St.Petersburg: 395km; to Stockholm: 405km Estonia stretches 350 km from east to west and 240 km from north to south

4 Legislation The “Cosmetics Directive” 76/768/EEC is transposed into Estonian national legislation by 2 Regulations: Government Regulation No. 259 “Requirements for cosmetic products and their handling” based on the Public Health Act ( ) Regulation of the minister of the Social Affairs No. 32 “Rules for Labelling of Cosmetic Products”* based on the Trading Act ( ) *The previous regulations on labelling of Cosmetic Products was since

5 Short historical note (1):
Period from to – pre-market control: When the Public Health Act ( ) came into force all imported and domestically produced cosmetic products were checked and registered in the HPI before placing on the market. Pre-market control existed until

6 Short historical note (2):
Period from the second half of 2000 and until pre-market and in-market control existed at the same time : Real in-market surveillance on cosmetic products started in the second half of the year To organise market surveillance more effectively the cooperation agreement between HPI and Consumer Protection Board have been signed on

7 Short historical note (3):
Period from and up to now – in-market surveillance Period from and up to now – in-market surveillance + notification

8 Cooperation agreements:
the cooperation agreement between HPI and Consumer Protection Board the cooperation agreement between HPI and Customs The main item of these agreements is to avoid duplication in market surveillance, cooperate and exchange of information

9 Market surveillance bodies and Competent Authorities in Estonia
HPI - under the Ministry of Social Affairs surveillance of cosmetic products at the place of producers/importers and distributors Consumer Protection Board under the Ministry of Economy and Communication surveillance of cosmetic products at the place of retailers

10 Competent Authorities:
Health Protection Inspectorate (Dir.76/768/EEC Art.7a(1) and (4); Dir.95/17/EC Art.10) Chemical Notification Centre (Dir.76/768/EEC Art.7(3)) (publication , OJ C 278, pages 2,9 )

11 Structure of Health Protection System

12 Health Protection System
Main fields of activities: Epidemiology and infectious diseases; Surveillance on health safety: food safety in retail and catering services; safety and quality of drinking water; safety of mineral water; children hygiene (requirements in schools and kinder gardens); surveillance of noise, vibration and electromagnetic fields in public environment; and also

13 Consumer Goods and Services
Surveillance on consumer goods include surveillance on cosmetics, chemicals, biocides, toys and other products under the GPS Directive. Surveillance on services include surveillance of the requirements in hairdressers, manicure-pedicure, beauty services, saunas and pest control services.

14 Working stuff, dealing with the market surveillance of consumer goods and services:
Head office – HPI (1 chief specialist) 4 regional Health Protection Services (5 chief inspectors) which include 15 county departments (county department inspectors are involved mainly to control services)

15 Market of the Cosmetic Products in Estonia (1)
Number of cosmetic products, which were registered in the Health Protection Inspectorate before placing on the Estonian Market Number of notified cosmetic products (produced/ imported) Years 1995 II half 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Until 2003 from 2004 Number of cosmetic products 2028 4527 4794 6643 9399 10263 13220 6486 5499 13157

16 Market of the Cosmetic Products in Estonia (2)
Up to new Cosmetic Products are marketed in Estonia per year According to the notification data 2004: 13157 Cosmetic Products came from 38 different countries 1/3 notified products (4386) are from the third countries (not from the European Community) Estonian producers (5) notified about 36 Cosmetic Products (0,27% of the total number)

17 Market surveillance activities:
Pro-active activities: planned control, including target checks Re-active: control on information (Consumer Protection Board, Customs and RAPEX information) Re-active: control on complains Laboratory testing



20 Main non-compliances:
Main deficiencies are on labelling of cosmetic products (the label in the national language is missing, ingredients are not in INCI, the national label covers the ingredients list, minimum durability (best before...) is not marked, conditions of use and warnings, which must be printed on the label are missing etc.)

21 Laboratory testing Since 2000 have been tested different cosmetic products per year Single findings of microbiological contamination of cosmetic products were found in 2002 and 2004 (before accession the EU) HPI laboratory is able to carry out the following tests: determination of formaldehyde, fluoride, DAP, OTD, MTD, PTD, OPD, MPD, PPD, resorcinol, parabens, phenoxyethanols, triclosane in cosmetic products. The implementation of new laboratory methods needs resources and we would like to know the possibilities and costs of testing of the cosmetic products in other EU countries for the further cooperation.

22 RAPEX The manual for inspectors how to act on RAPEX information's was developed by HPI and implemented on After accession the European Union HPI received 97 RAPEX notifications about different products and 17 of them were cosmetic products. Target checks on these information's were organised and fortunately cosmetic products informed were not found on Estonian market.

23 Notification The notification requirement entered into force in 2003
The notification form was established at the beginning of 2003 and was made available on the HPI webpage: HPI received notifications about manufacturing or importing of cosmetic products: in notifications about 5499 cosmetic products in notifications about cosmetic products Due to notification system it is better to organize market surveillance and to have a better overview

24 Future development = 3 x “C”
Coordination Cooperation Communication


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