Cosmetic European Market Overview
Europe is a world leader in the cosmetics industry and dominant cosmetics exporter. The sector is highly innovative and provides significant employment in the European continent. Valued at €79.8 billion at retail sales price in 2019, the European cosmetics market is now the largest in the world.
Gulf Cooperation Council Cosmetics
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a political and economic alliance of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. The countries in this alliance share a common body which gives the authorization to publish the standards applicable in manufacturing of cosmetics in all these countries.
The Gulf Cooperation Council cosmetics legislation closely follows the EU Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009. However, it has some of its own criteria when it comes to processes, ingredients, labelling and claims (e.g. free from pork and its derivatives; the graphics, images and phrases on the labels should be consistent with Islamic traditions and social values).