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"AGEC" French Law to combat the waste and promotes the circular economy.

The “AGEC”, Loi relative à la lutte contre le gaspillage et à l’économie circulaire, Loi nª2020-105, was published in the French Journal Officiel on February 10th, 2020. Its objective is to act in favour of the environment through various measures.

What are these measures and how they concern us?


These measures are ONLY applicable on French territory.


So that, companies interested to export and market their cosmetics to this country must adapt their labelling as follows:


1) Inform the consumers about the presence of dangerous substances in the product. These substances are included in the list of SVHC substances (Substances of Very High Concern) and of Substances that present a level of concern comparable to substances of extremely concern. Among them we can find Resorcitol or Bisphenol-B.


2) Inform the consumer about the presence of endocrine disruptors. According to European regulations, the presence of endocrine disruptors is banned in cosmetic products. However, the French Ministry of the Environment may include on these list substances suspected of being endocrine disruptors that are not officially considered as such.


3) Inform the consumers about the incorporation of recycled material, compostability, use of renewable resources, durability and repairs and reuse possibilities.


4) Prohibition of certain environmental claims such as "biodegradable", "environmentally friendly" and special conditions to the composting of containers. Obligation to include the percentage of recycled material in each container.


5) Specific recommendations for pregnant women, especially regarding the presence of substances of an endocrine disruptive nature.


6) Triman marking: obligation to include the TRIMAN recycling symbology physically on the packaging of the sales unit.


Failure to comply with these obligations will be sanctioned with a penalty of up to €15,000 for companies from January 2023.


At BELAB SERVICES we have highly qualified professionals trained in this regulation to help companies to adapt their packaging and labelling for the French market.


Do not hesitate to contact us!

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