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by Dr Sudhir Sawarkar, PhD


Post 1st Jan 2021, there is a big change in the Regulatory environment of UK or Great Britain. Now UK follows its own regulations, this includes Cosmetic Regulations as well. So,if you are cosmetic exporter from any country outside of UK or importer of cosmetics in UK , then you must know following. QRServes Global LLC brings you the quick facts about UK Cosmetic Regulations and actions points to keep you compliant with UK cosmetic regulations 


A) Quick Facts 

o The Requirements of UK Cosmetic regulations are similar to that of EC 1223 /EU Regulations.

o New Cosmetic Regulations and  Notification rules for UK is in effect from 1 January 2021. All Cosmetic products on UK market should comply to UK Cosmetic Regulation.

o New UK cosmetic notification portal has been launched as Submit Cosmetic Product Notification (SCPN).

o Notification to be done by Responsible person. Very important Responsible Person should be based out of UK Only . Your EU Responsible person will not be able to notify the cosmetics on SCPN unless they have UK entity.


B) Timelines and Action points

o Existing products on the GB market, which have been notified using the EU’s CPNP portal before 1 January 2021: deadline for SCPN notification is 31 March 2021.

o New products for the GB market: SCPN notification has to be done before products are placed on themarket. 

o It is important to note that products placed on the Northern Irish market must be notified on the EU Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) as Northern Ireland follows the EU Cosmetics Regulation No 1223/2009.

o If your RP is based out of UK, you need to change to RP based out of EU states since it is now invalid to have RP in Non-EU states (now UK).


C) Labelling requirements

o Companies that sell products on the GB market also have to keep in mind the new labelling requirements. All products sold in Great Britain need to bear the name and address of the UK Responsible Person from 31 December 2022. 

o One need to write the country of origin on the labels for all products made in the EU (by specifying the country).

o For aerosols, under Schedule 13 of the Product Safety and Metrology SI require the addition of ‘UKCA compliance mark’. This is an equivalent of the ‘reversed epsilon’, which is known under the EU cosmetics regulation. The switch to the UKCA marking is compulsory from 1 January 2022. Until then, aerosols sold in GB can carry either the reversed epsilon or the UKCA mark.


For specific query on UK Cosmetic Regulations and Responsible Person Service, contact at info@qrserves.com or call us at +971504559063


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