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The Weights and Measures (Cosmetic Products) Order 1994

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Amendment of the Weights and Measures Act 1985

2.  In Schedule 6 to the Weights and Measures Act 1985 for Part V there shall be substituted the following Part—


15.  In this Part of this Schedule, “cosmetic product” means any substance or preparation intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body (that is to say, the epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, correcting bodily odours, protecting them or keeping them in good condition.

16.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, cosmetic products shall be pre— packed only if the container is marked with an indication of quantity either by net weight or by volume.

(2) There shall be exempted from the requirements of sub-paragraph (1) above—

(a)cosmetic products in quantities of less than 5 grams or 5 millilitres;

(b)cosmetic products in sachets or other containers for single use only; and

(c)cosmetic products normally sold as a number of items for which particulars of weight or volume are not significant if—

(i)the number of items is marked on the package, or

(ii)the number of items may readily be seen without opening the package, or

(iii)the items are normally sold only individually.

(3) Cosmetic products which are not pre-packed shall be sold only by quantity expressed as net weight, volume or number..

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