Cosmetic Product Notification Portal – CPNP

What exactly is CPNP?

The CPNP is an electronic notification platform. It ensures that brands comply with EU legislation, by requiring the submission of important information about their products before launch. It allows product information to be seen by the relevant authorities. Be aware that it is not open to the public. Access is restricted to the Competent Authorities (for the purposes of market surveillance, market analysis, evaluation and consumer information) and to the Poison Centres or similar bodies established by Member States (for the purposes of medical treatment).

CPNP Facts

  • CPNP stands for ‘Cosmetic Products Notification Portal’. It is an electronic notification platform which captures information about your product so that it is visible to the EU authorities.
  • Your product needs to be notified on the portal by the Responsible Person for the brand.
  • It is a notification only, and not an approval that your product is compliant or safe.
  • Make sure that you have all the required technical information for your product, including a CPSR before you attempt the notification, which can be time consuming and complicated. The expert team at PCR can take care of the entire process for you.
  • If you have a UK-based Responsible Person (RP) ***

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Cosmetic Product Notification Panel FAQs

Cosmetic Products Notification Portal

Yes. In order to launch any cosmetics product, it is a legal requirement for you to notify the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) before it goes on sale. It has been the law since July 2013.

Think of the CPNP as the final step before launch. Before you attempt the CPNP notification, you will need to have all your technical product information complete and available. We can manage and simplify this process for you, talk to us to find out more.

It is the obligation of the Responsible Person to register a cosmetic product in the CPNP. In principle, anyone can register a product on the CPNP. It doesn’t cost anything and is open to all. However, it is a time-consuming job which requires you to input all the technical information about your products and the Responsible Person. At PCR, our team of experts offer a complete CPNP service. It will be done quickly and efficiently, saving you time and effort. Find out how we can help you here.

No! The CPNP is a notification and not an approval. There are still a number of steps you need to take to make sure your product is safe and legal for sale. Follow our simple ‘must do’ checklist before launching your product, or drop us a line to talk about your needs.

Yes. If your product launched before 2013, you must still register it on the CPNP. Let our team of experts keep your brand up to date with the latest cosmetics regulations and compliance. Click here to talk to us.

UK-based Responsible Person?  The transition period on Brexit ended on 1 January 2021, and UK-based RPs will no longer have access to their CPNP account.

Northern Ireland-based RPs will continue to have access. This will be implemented on the basis of the declared postal code (e.g. Northern Ireland postal codes will be retained, all remaining UK postal codes will be disconnected).

Introducing the UK Submit Cosmetic Product Notification (SCPN) service. The UK Government has established a cosmetic product notification service to replace the EU’s Cosmetics Products Notification Portal (the ‘CPNP’) in Great Britain.

If you are making cosmetic products available to consumers in Great Britain (GB:England, Scotland, and Wales), you must notify your cosmetic products using the Submit Cosmetic Product Notifications (SCPN) service, to the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

  • What is in the cosmetic product, including certain nanomaterials
  • The name and details of a contact person for the National Poisons Information Service, or Trading Standards, to get in touch with
  • Who the ‘Responsible Person’ (RP) is. The RP is the individual or company responsible for ensuring the regulations are followed. Every cosmetic product placed on the GB market must have a responsible person.

If you have products available on the UK market before 1 January 2021 which you have already notified via the EU Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP), you must make a new notification within 90 days from 1 January 2021.

There is a separate process for placing cosmetic products on the market in Northern Ireland. If you are intending to launch your product in the Northern I · products intended to be placed on the Northern Irish market must be notified on the EU Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP), as NI follows EU rules.