The Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC is the basis of the Swedish regulations on cosmetics and hygiene products. The Cosmetics Directive is mainly implemented in the Swedish Ordinance on Cosmetics and Hygiene Products (SFS 1993:1283), and in provisions (LVFS) issued by the Swedish Medical Products Agency.
The principal responsibility of ensuring that cosmetics and hygiene products do not harm the user or damage the environment lies with the manufacturers in Sweden and importers of products into Sweden.
The manufacturers and importers as well as vendors of cosmetics and hygiene products are responsible for their products complying with the regulations.
The Swedish Medical Products Agency
- does not carry out preliminary (premarket) examinations of cosmetics and hygiene products
- does not issue product marketing licenses
- does not issue certificates of products notified to the Agency’s product register.
English translations of the following Swedish provisions are available (see Related information, to the right)
- The Medical Products Agency’s provisions on the Control of Cosmetics
and Hygiene Products
LVFS 2004: 12
- The Medical Products Agency’s provisions on the Prohibition and Restrictions of Certain Substances from being included in Cosmetics and Hygiene Products
LVFS 2007:4 (introductory part only)