The Swedish Cosmetics, Toiletries and Detergents Association

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General information on The Swedish Cosmetics, Toiletries and Detergents Association, KoHF

The Swedish Cosmetics, Toiletries and Detergents Association, KoHF, is a trade association of companies that import, manufacture or market cosmetics (incl products for professional use) and detergents. 

The objectives of our association are:

  • To promote the cosmetics and detergents industries and broadening the knowledge of the industries and their products

  • To capture , channel and pursue issues of common interest to member companies versus government agencies, departments, groups of customers , consumers, other organizations etc

  • To be one step ahead concerning health and environmental issues

  • To promote international cooperation and harmonization of Swedish legislations with EU directives and regulations

KoHF Board represents companies in various business areas of KoHF. Our secretariat is responsible for contacts with the authorities and provides information and services to its members. KoHF's activities can be described as follows:


Contacts with government agencies, industry associations and trade

KoHF has regular contact with national authorities, such as the National Chemicals Agency (Kemikalieinspektionen), Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) and Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket, Cosmetics). Through membership in and via close contacts with international organizations experiences on legislation, product issues , etc are exchanged. Latest news on chemicals and raw materials are followed up by articles, reports and personal contacts.


Information and Education

News on chemicals, legislation and other important industry issues are presented in the KoHF weekly newsletter.

KoHF provides telephone service to member companies and provides information and training through courses and seminars.


International representation

KoHF is actively participating in the work of AISE (European Soap and Detergent Industry Association ) and Cosmetics Europe (The Personal Care Association) regarding European legislation , scientific and economic issues.


Industry Collaboration

Within KoHF there are a number of working groups active in various areas:

  • Technical Committee

  • Cosmetic Section

  • Professional Hairdressers (Cosmetic) Products Section

  • Nordic Network


Look Good ... Feel Better

Look good ... feel better is a non medical, brand-neutral program decicated to improve the self-esteem and quality of life for women undergoing cancertreatment. It is a two hour session that teaches beauty techniques to help the women manage the appearence-related side effects of cancer treatment. About 100 sessions per year are presently held at 11 hospitals around Sweden.


Swedish Cosmetics Market - growing steadily

KoHF Statistics


Need to know if you want to market cosmetic products in sweden

general information

EU regulation 1223/2009 and other legislative pieces on cosmetics also apply in Sweden. There are a few things that are specific when marketing cosmetics in Sweden.


Language requirements - Swedish regulation 2013:413 refering to the cosmetics regulation 1223/2009

Labelling requirements such as precautionary measures (art. 19.1.d) and function of the product (art. 19.1.f) must be in Swedish (national regulation SFS 2013:413, amended by SFS 2014:241). A few words, mostly English or French, could though be regarded as established words when communicating with the Swedish consumer or end user. Please see SAOL, Swedish Academy Word List, for guidance, or contact the NCA, the Medical Products Agency.

Precautionary measures that are mandatory to label according to other sectorial legislation, e.g. aerosols, must also be in Swedish.


National fees and notifications to Swedish competent auhtorities

If you import cosmetics to Sweden from third country or if responsible person is Swedish some extra steps must be taken.

  • Annual fees (linked to notifications at the CPNP) to the National Competent Authority on cosmetics, the Medical Products Agency (notice: registration (notification only at CPNP) is though open for all companies).

  • Notifying alcohol containing mixtures (cosmetics and others) at the Public Health Agency of Sweden if they meet the defnition according to SFS 2010:1622 (alcohol act): alcoholic preparations are mixtures containing more than 2.25% by volume of ethanol, not intended for drinking.



In Sweden cosmetic product control is split between the Medical Products Agency (on responsible persons) and 290 municipalities (retailers, pharmacies etc).



Entering into force 1 Sep 2014 is the national Swedish regulation SFS 2014:240. This amendment of SFS 2012:259 introduces penalties (MSA, a part of the Swedish Environment Act) on cosmetic products.

Cosmetic products in breach with SFS 2014:241 (language: Swedish, see above):

  • Responsible person: penalty (MSA) of 10 000 SEK per product

  • Distributors, others: penalty (MSA) of 5 000 SEK per product

  • INCI and Hand-in-book: INCI neither on pack or present on leaflet etc: penalty (MSA) of 2 000 SEK per product

The penalty can be imposed immediately, either by the National Competent Authority (responsible persons) or one of 290 municipalities control (local retailer, pharmacy etc), but can be appealed. 

Examples on other relevant Swedish NCA's are KemI (the Swedish Chemicals Agency), MSB (the Swedish Civil Contingecies Agency), Arbetsmiljöverket (the Swedish Work Envirnoment Authority).


National Swedish ban on microplastics in rinse-off cosmetics

From 1 July 2018 (placing on the market) and 1 January 2019 (making available), the following will be prohibited:

  • plastic particles (REACH definition, article 3.5) that are added to these products

  • in the purpose of cleaning, scrubbing or polishing and

  • have a size less than five millimeters in any dimension,

  • and are insoluble in water.

Exempted are naturally occurring polymers. Furhter exemptions, and also exceptions are possible via the national competent authority on chemicals and chemical products, KemI.

Regulatory text in English (notice: draft text)


Marketing claims on cosmetics - EU regulation 655/2013 and guidance 

The Swedish marketing law SFS 2008:486 regulates for example misleading and unfair marketing.

Since Sweden is a member of the European Union the dedicated EU legal act, the EU regulation 655/2013 and guidance on marketing claims, the Technical Document, apply in Sweden. 

An area of claims highlighted in the Technical Document is the so called "free from" claims. Several aspects of such claims are covered in the Technical Document. For instance it is stated that the claim "free from" should not be accepted in relation to preservatives because that would be denigrating to substances specifically authorised by EU, i.e. the substances are regarded as safe, and are individually risk managed via EU and the member states competent authorities. Other specifically authorised substance groups in the EU Cosmetics Regulation are UV filters. 

Although misleading and unfair marketing is regulated in the Swedish marketing law already since before the time of the EU regulation and guidance, the Technical Document adds that "the new elements contained therein should be applicable as of 1 July 2019". 


Organize in Sweden?

Being a member of the Swedish Cosmetics, Toiletries and Detergents Association, KoHF, is of course voluntary - contact KoHF, Peter Jansson (Cosmetics) or Anna Melvås (Detergents and Cleaning products), Madelaine Nordstrand (Swedish Beauty & Cosmetics Awards and Look Good Feel Better) or Olof Holmer (Managing Director) if you want to know more.