Here are the important highlights: The new portal will be live 1st January 21 – anyone who has uploaded products to an existing portal did so on a test site and these will be lost. Access has been removed to prevent further use. This happened because links were posted in several social media sites.
Any existing products already on the market and registered with the existing CPNP will have to be notified within 90 days of the 1st January – so no panic please! You have plenty of time.
Any new products coming out on or after 1st of January 2021 cannot be put on UK market UNTIL they have been notified on the new UK portal.
Sellers in Northern Ireland – if you are only selling in NI you do not have to use the new portal but should continue to use the CPNP – however if you sell or export to other parts of the UK you have to register with the new portal as well.
You can download existing CPNP notifications in zip format and upload these directly to the new portal. Going forward if you sell in UK and EU the advice is to list on CPNP first, then download zip file and upload to new UK Portal. It was designed to prevent duplication of effort.
Unfortunately, if you wish to continue to sell products via export to EU you will need to have a responsible person residing/based in a member state.
To sell into the EU you will need an EU registered Responsible Person – they won’t be able to be registered in GB (hence why GB based Responsible Persons will be losing access to CPNP).
About Northern Ireland (NI), whilst this is a UK service, there is more EU alignment in NI. A NI based responsible person (RP) who sells cosmetic products only in NI will only need to register on the EU’s CPNP. If that NI based RP wants to sell in GB, they need to register on the UK Submit Cosmetic Product Notifications (SCPN) service as well. Selling a new cosmetic product in both GB and NI markets would therefore require registration on both services. Obviously you could have a UK established RP in NI who only sells into GB, in which case they would only need to register on the UK’s SCPN
GB based responsible persons (i.e. where the registered address for the responsible person is in England, Wales or Scotland) will lose access to CPNP, so all relevant cosmetic notifications to be uploaded to the UK service should be downloaded from CPNP as a ZIP file in advance of 31 December 2020.
How to submit a cosmetic product notification to the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)
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 new submit cosmetic product notifications service.
The link to the new UK products notifications portal live service will be included here on 1 January 2021