Export to UK

Exporting to UK

The global cosmetic products market values the United Kingdom as an important player, with retail sales valued at €9.9 billion in 2021. In Western Europe, the UK ranks third among the leading cosmetic markets, following Germany and France, and preceding Italy. It is also the world’s eighth-largest cosmetic industry, trailing behind the USA, China, Japan, India, Brazil, Germany, and France. Industry projections indicate a 25% growth rate for the global cosmetics market by 2027, with the UK predicted to experience the most substantial expansion in Western Europe in the coming years.

Step 1: Formula Review

The focus is on ensuring regulatory and safety compliance of ingredients (INCI) in cosmetic products. This involves a thorough examination of the composition and raw materials documentation to ensure safety for the intended use and target population. The creation of a CPSR and verification of the product label are dependent on this step.

Step 2: Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR)

The Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) is a crucial and complex document required by UK Cosmetics Regulation. It confirms the safe use of a cosmetic product and is produced by a qualified toxicologist who considers various information. CPSR has two sections, Part A for product evaluation and Part B for assessing safety and effectiveness. It must be signed by recognized UK and EU toxicologists and failure to provide a high-quality CPSR can result in penalties and harm to the brand’s reputation.

Step 3: A Product Information File (PIF) and SCPN Notification

The PIF is a detailed dossier with all necessary information about a cosmetic product. It must be completed and notified on the SCPN before sale in the UK. After Brexit, PIFs must be updated with names and addresses of EU and UK Responsible Persons for products sold in both territories. All cosmetic products must be re-notified in the new SCPN system for sale in the UK, and all existing products had to be re-notified within 90 days from March 31st, 2021.


Step 4: Labels and Claims Review

UK cosmetic labels must comply with regulations, and a Label Review by a regulatory expert can ensure compliance, including the inclusion of country of origin and UK Responsible Person’s contact details.

Step 5: Responsible Person

The UK requires a local Responsible Person for cosmetic products sold there, and brands selling in both the UK and EU need a Responsible Person in each area. The Responsible Person ensures ongoing compliance and is accountable in case of non-compliance. It’s best to find a Responsible Person with offices in both regions to represent products, and Influentive offers services in both areas.