Cosmetics are defined as any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the various 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 and/or correcting body odours and/or protecting them or keeping them in good condition.

The Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on Cosmetic Products as amended by the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (hereafter ‘the Regulation’) applies when supplying cosmetic products in Great Britain while Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 on cosmetic products is the main regulatory framework for finished cosmetic products when placed on the EU market (including Northern Ireland).


Whether your products are high-risk or low-risk, the JensonR+ team is able to assist from the product concept stages to market access and with post-marketing challenges you may encounter. Our experienced team will be able to provide practical solutions for cosmetics product development and ingredient selection, label presentation, safety assessments, notifications in both UK and EU CPNP portals, customs barriers, regulation interpretation or questions regarding the correct product category.

JensonR+ will work closely with trade associations, and the wider regulanet® network to cover global markets, and provide tailored services based on your business needs helping to ensure compliance alongside a strong marketing opportunity.

Our Services:

UK Services

  • Regulatory check – formulation, label, claims

  • Claim substantiation

  • Safety assessment

  • Product Information Files

  • Notification to the Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS)

  • Borderline challenges

EU Services

  • Regulatory check – formulation, label, claims

  • Claim substantiation

  • Safety assessment

  • Product Information Files

  • Notification in Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP)

  • Borderline challenges

  • Label translations

Other Services

  • Bespoke training

  • Strategic advice

  • Regulatory updates

  • International markets

Selling cosmetic products in the UK and EU

Through our expertise, JensonR+ can support your business in achieving compliance and enable you to sell your cosmetic products in the UK and EU.

Responsible Person:

A responsible person must be named in both GB and EU territories separately. It is their responsibility to ensure compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 and retained regulation in the UK.

Product Safety:

Cosmetic products must be safe for human health when used under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions. Manufacturers or importers must ensure that the products undergo a safety assessment, which includes an evaluation of the product’s ingredients, formulation, and potential risks. A qualified safety assessor should prepare a Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) as part of this process.

Product Information File (PIF):

A PIF must be created and kept up to date for each cosmetic product placed on the market. The PIF contains comprehensive information about the product, including its composition, manufacturing process, safety data, and evidence of compliance with relevant regulations.

Labelling Requirements:

Cosmetics must be labelled in compliance with specific requirements. The label should include essential information such as the product’s name, ingredients list (INCI names in descending order of weight), batch code, function of the product where applicable, precautions, and instructions for use.

Notification of Products:

In the EU, cosmetic products are subject to a notification process known as the Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP). Manufacturers or importers must submit product information, including the responsible person’s details, to the CPNP prior to placing the product on the market. In the UK, following its exit from the EU, the notification process is no longer made through the CPNP, and UK responsible persons must notify the products to the UK’s Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

Prohibited and Restricted Substances:

Cosmetic products must not contain substances that are prohibited or restricted by relevant regulations. The EU Cosmetics Regulation and UK regulations provide lists of substances with specific restrictions, such as certain preservatives, colourants, and fragrance ingredients.

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP):

Cosmetic products must be manufactured in accordance with GMP/ISO 22716:2007 guidelines. These guidelines cover aspects such as production facilities, equipment, personnel, hygiene, quality control, and traceability.

Claims and Advertising:

The claims made for cosmetic products must be truthful, not misleading, and substantiated by appropriate evidence. Advertising materials should also comply with the relevant advertising standards and regulations.

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