March deadline looming for cosmetics producers
Shropshire Council is reminding businesses that make cosmetic products available to consumers in Great Britain that they must notify their cosmetic products using the Submit Cosmetic Product Notifications (SCPN) service.
For cosmetic products available to GB consumers that have already been notified using the EU’s Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) before 1 January 2021, businesses have until 31 March 2021 to notify their cosmetic products using the UK’s SCPN service.
For cosmetic products that have not been notified on the EU’s CPNP and are being placed on the GB market after 31 December 2020, businesses will need to notify these products using the UK’s SCPN service before the cosmetics can be placed on the GB market.
All product packaging must bear the name and address of the UK ‘Responsible Person’ from 31 December 2022.
Frances Darling, Shropshire Council’s head of trading standards and licensing, said:
“Now that we have left the EU, there are a number of changes that are required to ensure consumer safety standards are maintained across the UK. One of these changes relates to cosmetic products and has led to the national Submit Cosmetic Product Notifications (SCPN) service, which has been set up by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).”
“OPSS has reported that the SCPN service has been well received with over 100,000 notifications submitted and over 4,000 businesses registered, so nationally we are off to an excellent start. We want to remind local cosmetics producers of the deadlines to ensure they are on track to continue to meet the legal requirements around making their cosmetics available to consumers in Great Britain.”
Guidance focusing on who can submit a notification, what businesses need to provide and how to access the SCPN service is available here.
There is a separate process for placing cosmetic products on the market in Northern Ireland.
Further advice can be sought from the Council’s trading standards service on 0345 678 9000 or at email@example.com