You may face a fine and a prison term of up to 3 months if you do not notify OPSS about a cosmetic product. This fine could be unlimited in England and Wales or up to £5,000 in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Office for Product Safety & Standards

GOV.UK Submit cosmetic product notifications

Brief Summary

UK has launched the Cosmetic Product Notification (SCPN) portal

   From January 1, 2021, the UK Department of State's Office for Product Safety and Standards launched the UK cosmetics notification portal. The portal is named Submit Cosmetic Product Notification (SCPN) and will provide for the notification of cosmetic products made available to consumers in Great Britain (GB: England, Scotland and Wales).

  Like in the EU, the notification has to be done by the responsible person. The responsible person can be either the manufacturer, importer, distributor (if labeling the products as belonging to themselves) or a third party designated by the manufacturer or importer.

 Under Article 13 of the UK Cosmetics Regulations (Schedule 34 Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019), all cosmetic products need to be notified through the SCPN before being placed into the GB market.

 For new products placed on the GB market after December 31, 2020 that have not been notified in the EU's CPNP, you must submit new notifications.


To submit a cosmetic product notification through the SCPN, you will need the below information


Category and name of the cosmetic product

The cosmetic product you are declaring has a category. The category of your cosmetic product is very important. These categories are generally listed below.  For detailed pdf please click here

A. Baby products
B. Personal care and bath products
C. Eye care and makeup products
D. Makeup and makeup remover products
E. Fragrance and antiperspirant
F. Shaving products
G. Skin care products
H. Depilatories
I. Nail products
J. Mouth care products
K. Hair care and cleaning products
L.Hair coloring products
M.Sun care products


Name of responsible person

All formal notifications concerning cosmetics are handled by the Responsible Person. If you want to get more information about Responsible Person service, please click here.

Where the Product Information File (PIF) is kept

The PIF is a package containing all information on authorisations for the sale of cosmetic products in Europe, including the Safety Report/CPSR.Each cosmetic product must have its own product information file containing precise information about the product.  If you want to get more information about Product Information File, please click here.

Details of a named person for urgent questions

Contact information about the product that can be reached in case of urgent need is requested by the UK.

Details of the nanomaterials contained in the cosmetic product

If the product contains nanomaterial, this is indicated on the SCNP portal. Details are noted and also added to the PIF file.

Details of carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR) substances contained in the cosmetic product

EU cosmetics legislation contains provisions on the use of substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic for reproduction (CMR substances) in cosmetic products. In general, the use of CMR substances is prohibited, apart from in exceptional cases.

Lists of CMR substances and related information
CosIng database providing information on the status of specific substances .

Chemical details of the substances

Chemical details should be examined, limits and whether it is harmful or not should be detailed.

A summary of the ingredients

Technical summaries of the ingredients in the product. 

The label of a product

The product label image must be readable in high resolution and the warnings and descriptions must be in accordance with the cosmetic regulations.

A photo of the cosmetic product packaging.

The outer and inner packaging of the product, as well as the photographs themselves, must be clear.


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