As the Brexit transition period has finally ended on 31 December 2020, a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) was reached between the UK and the EU. TCA allowing both parties to support a legal framework for their future relationship. From 1 January 2021, all cosmetic products to be placed on the GB market must comply with the UK Regulations (also known as 'Schedule 34 of the Product Safety and Metrology Statutory Instrument').
The Cosmetics Regulation EC (1233/2009) compliance remains unchanged for Northern Ireland. Consequently, there is separate guidance for businesses selling products in these areas. From 1 January 2021, businesses bringing products into GB from the EU are now likely to be importers rather than distributors, holding additional legal responsibilities for product compliance.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards has issued guidance for cosmetic products in the UK, stating that the UK shall continue recognising products that meet EU requirements for goods placed on the GB market until 31 December 2021, therefore manufacturers and importers can place goods on the GB market lawfully bearing the CE marking where they have been assessed by an EU recognised Notified Body for a further 12 months from the end of the transition period.
Our consultancy can offer you all the necessary support and allow for a smooth transition ensuring complete compliance on the GB market.
Syed Palayathar, Project Manager