UK cosmetic regulations

UK - SCPN Requirements

UK cosmetic regulations

UK cosmetic regulations, established post-Brexit, govern the sale of cosmetics in Great Britain with standards independent of the EU, while Northern Ireland adheres to EU regulations. This regulatory framework ensures safety and compliance, maintaining high industry standards. For businesses marketing cosmetics in the UK and internationally, understanding these regulations is crucial. Partnering with Cosmeservice can help navigate this complex regulatory environment effectively.

How to submit SCPN in the UK?

Discover how you can submit a cosmetic product notification to the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS). Click the button to find out how to comply with UK regulations.

Product Information File (PIF) in UK Cosmetics Regulation

The Product Information File (PIF) is vital for compliance with UK cosmetics regulations. Following Brexit, the UK has established its own regulatory framework, although it remains similar to the EU’s in many respects. The PIF must contain comprehensive details to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of each cosmetic product. This includes descriptions, safety assessments, manufacturing methods, and labeling, ensuring that all cosmetics sold in the UK meet high safety standards. All cosmetic manufacturers and distributors operating in the UK must maintain a detailed and updated PIF.

What Should Be Included in a PIF?

  • Product Description: Includes the name, brand, and intended use.
  • Composition: Lists all ingredients, detailing their concentrations, functions, and sources.
  • Manufacturing Method: Describes the production process, including the equipment used, batch size, and quality controls.
  • Stability Testing: Provides data on product stability to ensure quality and safety.
  • Packaging: Details the packaging materials used and their compatibility with the cosmetic product.
  • Safety Assessment: Analyzes potential risks and the steps taken to mitigate them.
  • Claims: Outlines all product claims, including efficacy and any therapeutic benefits.
  • Labeling: Compliance with UK-specific labeling regulations, including a copy of the product label.

Maintaining Compliance: PIF Challenges and Updates

Examples of Non-Compliant PIFs and the Importance of Updates

  • Missing or Incomplete Information: A PIF without a full ingredient list or safety assessment is considered non-compliant.
  • Incorrect Information: Including misleading or incorrect details in the PIF can lead to compliance issues.
  • Outdated Information: Data that no longer reflects the current product formulation can render a PIF invalid.


Keeping Your PIF Updated It’s crucial to regularly update your PIF with the latest product information and regulatory changes. This not only ensures compliance with EU and UK regulations but also safeguards consumer safety. Regular updates can help avoid the risks associated with non-compliance, such as fines and product recalls.


The European Responsible Person (RP) is a mandatory figure in the United Kingdom (UK) cosmetic regulation. They are responsible for ensuring that cosmetic products marketed in the UK comply with the established regulations and requirements. The RP must be established in the UK and is required to fulfill a series of legal obligations, such as maintaining records and being available to the competent authorities.

The British cosmetic legislation applies to any product intended to be used on the human body for aesthetic or personal hygiene purposes, including skincare products, haircare products, nail products, perfumes, makeup, among others.

The British cosmetic legislation applies to any product intended to be used on the human body for aesthetic or personal hygiene purposes, including skincare products, haircare products, nail products, perfumes, makeup, among others.

Manufacturers and distributors of cosmetic products are responsible for ensuring that their products comply with British regulations. Additionally, UK has the obligation to oversee the market and take action in case of non-compliance.

Manufacturers or distributors who do not comply with British regulations can receive sanctions that include fines, product withdrawal from the market, and even legal actions by affected consumers. Additionally, the company’s reputation may be affected, and they may lose customers for not complying with established safety and quality standards.

As soon as you have SCPN notifications, product information file (PIF) and the corresponding distributor, they must designate Cosmetrade SL (us) as responsible person of the products by written mandate. After this moment, the products can be marketed in UK.

The product information file (PIF) has an expiry date of 10 years, after that, if the product continues in the market a new evaluation has to be done in order to update it.

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