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SPECIFIC USE OF COSMETICS OR SIMILAR TOILET PREPARATIONS
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Cosmetic compositions having one or more ingredient(s) classified in A61K 8/00, i.e. ingredients considered to belong to the core of the invention (*).
  • Only principal use(s) linked to the inventive effect (**). A patent document, i.e. claims, description and examples are pertinent to classify principal and eventually additional use(s) (**).) (**).
Relationship between large subject matter areas
  • Cosmetics or similar toilet preparations should be further classified in subclass A61K 8/00, i.e. definition of chemical ingredients and physical form of the preparations which is defined as the core of the invention (*).
  • Uses concerning further soap bars or cleaning methods (washing or hard cleaning compositions) are classified in C11D.
  • Compositions which can be used in a therapeutic treatment should be further classified in A61K 31/00 to A61K 51/00 if they are defined by their ingredients or in A61K 9/00, if they are defined by their physical form, and also in A61P (IPC).
  • Use of a composition as food or dietary supplement is further classified in A23L.
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Artificial eyelash or hair
Artificial nails
Artificial skin
Preparations for dentistry
Deodorisation of air
Therapeutic activity
A61P17/00
Chemical compounds as such
C01 to C09
Essential oils or perfumes per-se
Bar soap
Dyeing of wool

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Make-up compositions
A61Q 1/00 (ex: mascara in A61Q 1/10)
Manicure and pedicure preparations
A61Q 3/00 (ex: nail coating in A61Q 3/02)
Preparations for care of the hair
A61Q 5/00 (ex: permanent hair dye in A61Q 5/10)
Preparations affecting hair growth
Preparations for removing hair
A61Q 9/00 (ex: depilatories in A61Q 9/04)
Preparations for the care of teeth
A61Q 11/00(ex: Toothpaste or mouthwash)
Formulations or additives for perfume preparations
Antiperspirants or body deodorants
Barrier preparations, i.e. sunscreens
A61Q 17/00(ex: sunscreen preparation in A61Q 17/04)
Preparations for the care of the skin
A61Q 19/00(ex: anti-ageing preparations in A61Q 19/08)
Cosmetics or similar toilet preparations for specific uses not provided for in other groups or subclass.
A61Q 90/00(this subclass should be empty; general cosmetic uses are classified in A61Q 19/00);example I
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Medicinal preparation characterised by physical form
Therapeutic activity
A61P17/00
Deodorisation of air
Essential oils or perfumes per-se
Dyeing of wool
Special rules of classification within this subclass

The last place rule is not applicable in this subclass.

This subclass is always combined with the subclass A61K 8/00 and can be further classified in A61K 2201/00 and/or A61Q.

Compositions or compounds characterised by specific properties
A61K 2201/00 and subgroups (ex: peeling preparations in A61K 2201/08)

The Indexing Codes of this scheme are to be used mainly with classification A61K 8/00 and A61Q and is considered to be obligatory supplementary classification of subject matter already classified in A61K 8/00 and A61Q if applicable.

Compositions or compounds characterised by specific properties

This subclass is considered as additional information (**), i.e. obligatory supplementary classification of subject matter already classified in A61K 8/00 and A61Q if applicable. This subclass concerns cosmetic uses which are indicated as eventual application(s) for the composition, see Example II

Example I: general cosmetic use.

Some patent documents are concerned with general formulation problems like viscosity or specific preparations (i.e. suspensions or gels), i.e. no specific cosmetic use is thus foreseen. In those case classification is made in A61Q 19/00

Example II: principal or additional use(s)

A skin moisturising composition which is further used in a anti-ageing preparation or as lip cream, would be classified in A61Q 19/00 and as additional information in A61Q 19/08 or A61Q 19/001.

If the active is a new sunscreen and an anti-ageing preparation which contains this new compound is exemplified, it should be classified in A61Q 17/04 and as additional information in A61Q 19/08.

If the active is a compound to condition the hair and a shampoo or a colouring composition (non-permanent hair dyeing containing direct dyes) is exemplified, it should be classified in A61Q 5/12 and as additional information A61Q 5/02 and A61Q 5/065

Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
(*) Core of the invention
Compounds in the composition or specific form (example: emulsion, foam) linked to the effect aimed. This means that not all compounds present in a composition are classified. To classify a document, the claims, the description and the examples have to be checked. Only specific components, i.e. those present in the exemplified compositions, are classified not a general concept or a general formula.
(**) Principal use vs. additional use
The principal use is linked to the effect intended in the document and is classified in A61Q .In the claims or examples further uses or types of compositions are often described which should be classified in A61Q .For example: a mixture of compounds is directed to an anti-aging purpose (A61Q 19/08) which is further introduced in sunscreen composition (A61Q 17/04 ).
Make-up preparations; Body powders; Preparations for removing make-up
Preparations containing skin colorants, e.g. pigments (preparations in powder form A61Q 1/12)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Foundation ("fond de teint") .

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Foundations powders
For lips
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Lips gloss.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Lip-balms for care of lips
For cheeks, e.g. rouge
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Blush.

For eyes, e.g. eyeliner, mascara
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Preparations for eye lashes, eye brows or eye shadows.

Face or body powders for grooming, adorning or absorbing
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Foundations powders; Compact powders.

Manicure or pedicure preparations
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Preparations for treating or fortifying nails, for removing nails cuticles and

for artificial nails.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Artificial nails are classified in per se
Special rules of classification within this group

Compositions for the in situ formation of artificial nails should be classified

in A61K 8/02 together with the Indexing Code A61K 2201/131.

Nail coatings
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Nail coatings, nail enamels, nail gloss.

Preparations for care of the hair
Preparations for cleaning the hair
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Shampoos.

Special rules of classification within this group

Conditioning shampoos should be classified in A61Q 5/02 and also in A61Q 5/12.

Preparations for permanent waving or straightening the hair
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hair relaxing compositions.

Preparations for temporary colouring the hair, e.g. direct dyes
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Preparations containing only direct dyes without the addition of any oxidation dye.

Special rules of classification within this group

Hair dye compositions containing a direct dye and an oxidising agent,

"lightening compositions" ("compositions éclaircissante") should be

classified in A61Q 5/065 together with the Indexing Code A61K 2201/023.

Preparations for bleaching the hair
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Preparations for removing dyes from the hair.

Preparations for permanently dyeing the hair
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Repigmentation of hair; Decorative depot; White hair dying ("Canitie").

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dyeing of wool
Special rules of classification within this group

Hair dye compositions containing an oxidation dye and further a direct

dye should be classified in A61Q 5/10 together with the Indexing Code

K62K201/0225.

Preparations containing hair conditioners
Special rules of classification within this group

Conditioning shampoos should be classified in A61Q 5/12 and also in

Preparations for affecting hair growth (preparations with therapeutic activity A61P17/14)
Preparations for inhibiting or slowing hair growth
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Preparations against hirsutism.

Preparations for removing hair or for aiding hair removal
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
After shaves
Shaving preparations
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Pre-shaving preparations.

Depilatories
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Epilation and depilation preparations.

Preparations for care of the teeth, of the oral cavity or of dentures; Dentifrices, e.g. toothpastes; Mouth rinses
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Compositions for whitening or bleaching teeth..

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dentistry, apparatus and method for oral or dental hygiene
Preparations for dentistry
Abrasives per se
Formulations or additives for perfume preparations (essential oils or perfumes per se C11B 9/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Aromatherapy

Anti-perspirants or body deodorants (deodorisation of air A61L 9/00)
Barrier preparations; Preparations brought into direct contact with the skin for affording protection against external influences, e.g. sunlight, X-rays or other harmful rays, corrosive materials, bacteria or insect stings (chemical means for combating harmful chemical agents A62D 3/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Compounds used to prevent irritation from chemicals.. .

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Drugs for treating burns
A61P17/02
Antimicrobial preparations
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hand disinfection products. .

Special rules of classification within this group

Antimicrobial washing compositions should be classified in A61Q 17/005

together with A61Q 19/10.

Containing insect repellants
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Anti-lice compositions.. .

Topical preparations for affording protection against sunlight or other radiation; Topical sun tanning preparations
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Compositions comprising ultraviolet filters for protection of skin and hair;

Protection against IR, X-Rays or other radiation.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Cosmetic post-treatment of sun damage
Preparations for treating ageing of skin and hair due to free radical action
Indexing Code
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Compositions for chemically tanning the skin e.g. containing dihydroxyacetone
Special rules of classification within this group

Preparations for treating skin and hair damage due to free radical action

from external sources, e.g. sun damage, should be classified in

A61Q 17/04 together with the Indexing Code A61K 2201/062

Preparations for care of the skin
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Preparations for improving the barrier function; Preparations to treat

wrinkles which have not been originated by aging, e.g. due to lack of

sebum, e.g. moisturising.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Preparations to treat wrinkles which have been originated by ageing
Anti-acne compositions
A61P17/10
Artificial skin
Special rules of classification within this group

Peeling and exfoliating compositions should be classified in A61Q 19/00

together with the Indexing Code A61K 2201/08.

Preparations for care of the lips
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Compositions for care of the lips which comprise no skin colorant.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Lip care compositions comprising colorants
Aftersun preparations
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Cosmetic post-treatment of sun damages.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Barrier preparations, e.g. for preventing or avoiding sundamages
Preparations for sensitive skin
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Baby care products; Products for application around the eyes or in the

genital area, e.g. compositions for treating "regions périnéofessières".

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Medical preparations for treatment of the urogenital system
For chemically bleaching or whitening the skin
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Compositions against blotchiness or mottling; Preparations for treating

age spots.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Tattoo removing compositions
Indexing Code
For chemically tanning the skin (topical sun or radiation screening or tanning preparations A61Q 17/04)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Preparations for changing the skin colour.

For countering cellulitis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Slimming compositions.

Anti-ageing preparations
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Preparation to treat wrinkles (all types of wrinkles); Preparations for

treating skin and hair ageing due to free radical action.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Preparations for treating age spots
Special rules of classification within this group

Preparations for treating ageing of skin and hair due to free radical action

should be classified in A61Q 19/08 together with the Indexing Code A61K 2201/062.

Washing or bathing preparations
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Cleansing compositions; Scrubbing compositions.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Soap bars
Special rules of classification within this group

Scrubbing compositions should be classified in A61Q 19/00 together with

the Indexing Code K61K201/18.

Cosmetics or similar toilet preparations for specific uses not provided for in other groups of this subclass
Special rules of classification within this group

No document should be classified in this subgroup.

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