The European Commission has proposed a new Regulation for cosmetics that aims to: (i) improve the safety of cosmetics placed on the EU market; (ii) simplify notification requirements in order to cut administrative costs for companies by 50 per cent; (iii) adopt rules for reporting undesirable effects to the supervising authorities; (iv) coordinate enforcement of product withdrawal decisions among EU Member States; and (v) replace national laws implementing the 1976 Cosmetic Directive. The 1976 Directive has become a complex patchwork of 55 amendments without coherent terminology. Moreover, the existing provisions for the ban on and the phasing-out of animal tests on cosmetic products by 2009/2013 would remain applicable.