Who can be a cosmetics responsible person?
EU/UK responsible person can be any legal or natural person based in the EU/UK. The responsible person can therefore be any EU/UK based:
Cosmetic product manufacturer
A third person or a company, who accepts this role in writing
Every cosmetic product placed on the EU/UK market needs to have a responsible person appointed and there has to be only one responsible person per product for the whole EU and only one responsible person per product for the UK.
In order to establish clear responsibilities, each cosmetic product should be linked to a responsible person established within the Community. (EU Regulation 1223/2009, Article 11)
For the purpose of effective market surveillance, a product information file should be made readily accessible, at one single address within the Community, to the competent authority of the Member State where the file is located. (EU Regulation 1223/2009, Article 17)
To sum up:
The Responsible person has to be established in the EU/UK.
The Responsible person must be designated by a written mandate, and has to accept this role in writing.
The Responsible person can be the manufacturer (if established in the EU/UK), a distributor, an importer, or a professional (designated) Responsible person.