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Updated: Oct 19, 2023

If we want to place cosmetic products in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) market we have to obtain the SCPN registration, which is mandatory to pass the customs and access to the market.

SCPN Registration UK
SCPN Registration

SCPN: What is it?

SCPN is the official British notification portal where the UK Responsible Persons register cosmetics products BEFORE their will being placed on the market. This SCPN registration is a legal obligation present in the UK Cosmetic Regulations (EC) No. 1223/2009 (UKCR)

Who can register in the SCPN?

Only Responsible Persons based in the UK can make a product registration in the portal. It means that foreign companies (outside of the United Kingdom) cannot do this because they are not legal entities based on the country.

Which information is necessary to register a product in the UK?

For product registration, we shall fulfill the following information:

  • Name and reference of the product and product category

  • Name, address, and contact of the Responsible Person in Europe

  • Country of origin and country of the first market placement.

  • Nanomaterial presence/ absence.

  • Identification (name, CAS number) of the CMR substances.

  • Product formula with all ingredients in INCI name and concentration (%)

  • Label-compliant design

  • Real product picture.

It is SAFE to share this information?

Absolutely. SCPN is a government official database and nobody can check the information that companies and Responsible Persons upload on it.

What is the result of SCPN Registration?

Once the product is successfully registered in the SCPN portal, a SCPN registration number is obtained. This number identifies your cosmetic product during his life in the European Union. Furthermore, a PDF report is generated, which contains a summary of all the product information uploaded on the portal.

SCPN registration is eternal?

You have to update the registration if one of the points shown in the part “Which information is necessary to register a product?” changes. It includes, for example, changes in the Responsible Person, label, formula, country of origin, etc.

Who can see the SCPN information?

Nobody can check if your products are or not registered in the SCPN database. Only national authorities (governments, customs, etc) can check it. The SCPN information, registration number, and registration Report are information only available for the Responsible Persons and product owners' companies.

I no longer sell my product in the United Kingdom, what happens?

If one company discontinues the sales of a reference in the UK, it must, through its Responsible Person, notify on the SCPN portal that the product will no longer sold on in the UK.

BELAB SERVICES is a cosmetic regulatory consultancy who acts as a Responsible Person for foreign brand and manages all the compliance and registration process for obtaining SCPN registration. If you are interested in our services please, do not hesitate to contact us.

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