Frequently Asked Questions
Importing Cosmetics Into The UK After 1st January 2021.
I import cosmetics from EU to put on the UK market, may I be responsible for these products as the manufacturer address is written on the product label?
Yes, each importer who brings products to the UK market is, by default, responsible for the products.
I am an importer, I do not want to be responsible for the products, can I focus only on marketing, selling and the logistics of my products?
Yes, if the importer designate a third-party responsible person via signing a mandate. Nolichem Consultancy Ltd can help as your one stop shop for all your regulatory needs, so you can concentrate on getting your products to your customers.
Is the importer responsible for notifying cosmetics to the UK Office for Product Safety and Standards?
Yes, if the importer is the responsible person. Nolichem Consultancy Ltd can act as designated responsible person and will notify products on time to the UK Office for Product Safety and Standards.
Each importer, by default is responsible, however, an importer registered in the United Kingdom may by written mandate designate a third-party responsible person like Nolichem Consultancy Ltd based in the GB.
PIF (Product documentation)
No, product information file (PIF) for each product that is put on the UK market must be kept at the address of the responsible person.
My PIF is partly compiled in other language than English. Would that be accepted by British Authority while inspecting my documents?
PIF must be in English only, this is also for the cosmetic product safety report.
Cosmetics are notified with to the UK Office for Product Safety and Standards electronically.
No, the UK notification is free of charge.
If I delay the process of notifying my products, and do not complete the notifications on time would I be penalized?
Yes, you may face a fine of up to £5,000, or a prison term of up to 3 months, if you do not notify Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) about a cosmetic product.
I imported a large number of cosmetic into the UK just before the end of the 2020. Should I notify my existing product for the UK market?
Yes, there is 90 days window time from the 1st of January 2021 to notify existing products in the UK market. For new products, the notification process must be completed upon first placing in the UK market.
No, if the product is manufactured in, for instance France, the label must state Made in France and similarly to other member states of the EU-27.
Product name, instruction for use, safety warnings (both mandatory and as recommended by the Safety Assessor) and the method of storage.
No, if the manufacture is outside the UK the only address that must be on the product package is address of the responsible person registered in the UK.
No, there is 2-year transition period to meet the requirements.
The cosmetics that I intend to import and put on the UK market have been assessed by a Safety Assessor with an EU qualification. Will my cosmetic product safety reports be accepted by the UK authority during an inspection?
In the UK, the Safety Assessor’s qualifications must be obtained from an accredited British university. EU qualification are not recognized in the UK.