United Kingdom Cosmetic Products Regulations


UK Cosmetic Products -

UK Cosmetic Products Regulations

UK Cosmetic Products Regulations -

The main changes and amendments to the EC Regulation No  (1223/2009) on Cosmetic Products covers the following: 

1. Placing on the market 

Now means making a cosmetic product available (the supply) on the market in Great Britain  after the end of the transition period, 31 December 2020. This includes England, Wales and  Scotland and the amended regulations are concerned with organising the supply and safe  usage of cosmetic products within these markets.

2. Who A Responsible Person is and the duties expected 

3. Product Information File 

This is an up to date file of the details of a cosmetic product which is made available to market  surveillance and enforcement authorities when requested. It should contain: 

4. Labelling 

A 2 year transition period from 31 December 2020 has been given before businesses have to  include the UK Responsible Person details on product labels (i.e. by 31 December 2022). The EU  responsible person details should be included for existing products. 

The Label should hold information that explains the contents and best usage of the cosmetic  product to enable the public or user make the best judgement. Examples are shown below:

Symbols used on packaging

5. UK Submit Cosmetic Product Notification (UK SCPN)

Important information to submit Cosmetic Product Notification (UK SCPN)

6. Serious Undesirable Effects (SUEs) 

The Cosmetic Regulation defines an Undesirable Effect (UE) as an “adverse reaction to human health attributable to the normal use of cosmetic products”. Such occurrence should be notified on the new UK SUE form. Information on any SUE should be notified similarly as previously – thought for the UK only. 

7. Importers

Beginning from 1 January 2021, UK businesses who bring in products from an EU Member State will become importers. An importer of a cosmetic product becomes a Responsible person by default. However, they can appoint an agent based in the UK to act as a Responsible Person for them. 

8. Unfettered Access for Northern Ireland Cosmetic Products

Access has been granted by the government to qualify Northern Ireland goods to be sold  to the rest of the UK market with no additional approvals as long as the products are in  accordance with the European Union Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on Cosmetic  Products. 

Steps to make a cosmetic product available in great Britain market -

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