A “cosmetic product” is defined as any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (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, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours. 

Production and marketing of cosmetic products in Iceland must comply with the requirements of Icelandic regulation of cosmetic products No 577/2013 that implements Regulation of the European Commission on cosmetic products No 1223/2009 into Icelandic law. Also, this regulation demands producers and importers of cosmetic products into the EEA to demonstrate the safety of products and to report adverse effects of products. A responsible person shall stand for each cosmetic product placed on the market. 

The Environmental Agency of Iceland is the competent authority for the cosmetic regulation and the marketing of cosmetics in Iceland.