Product Information File (PIF)

Each cosmetic product must have its own Product Information File (though the term 'file' includes virtual records) containing a great deal of information about the product. This is a legal requirement and the files are open to inspection by the competent authorities.

The PIF must include the product description, the Cosmetic Product Safety Report, details of methods of manufacture in accordance with good manufacturing practice and, where justified, proof of the effect claimed.

Detailed guidance is available from Cosmetics Europe, the European personal care association.