For a cosmetic product manufactured within the EU, and not subsequently exported and imported back into the EU, the EU manufacturer is the Responsible Person.
All manufacturers located inside or outside the EU shall ensure that the manufacturing of a cosmetic product complies with good manufacturing practices (GMP).
For an imported cosmetic product, each individual EU importer shall be the Responsible Person for the specific cosmetic product he makes available on the market. A single cosmetic product can be imported by multiple EU importers where each individual EU importer is considered a Responsible Person for the quantities of the cosmetic product it imports.
In the context of their activities, shall act with due care in relation to the applicable requirements. A distributor shall verify labelling information, language and the minimum durability date specified on the product. In addition, he shall act on suspicions of non-compliance and non-safe products ensuring products will not be placed on the market and/or eliminate the risks of products already on the market.
EU manufacturers and EU importers may designate, by written mandate, a legal entity or person established within the EU as the Responsible Person who has to accept this mandate in writing. Also read FAQ What are the obligations of a Responsible Person?