Cosmetic Sellers: Important Update on Selling Cosmetic Products in Ireland

Are you involved in selling cosmetic products in Ireland?

If so, this update is for you! The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has recently shared crucial information regarding the making and selling of cosmetic products in our country and it’s essential that all market traders and sellers of cosmetics are aware of these requirements.

What’s it all about? The HPRA, as the competent authority for cosmetic products in Ireland, ensures that cosmetic products available on the market are safe for consumers and comply with the primary cosmetics legislation, Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. This legislation covers various aspects of cosmetic product safety and compliance, including the designation of a Responsible Person (RP), adherence to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, and compliance with EU regulations.

Why do you need to read this? As market traders and sellers of cosmetics, it’s crucial to stay informed about regulatory requirements to ensure the safety and compliance of the products you sell. Failure to comply with these regulations not only poses risks to consumer safety but could also result in legal repercussions for your business. By staying up-to-date and compliant, you demonstrate your commitment to product safety and consumer protection.

What should you do?

  1. Designate a Responsible Person (RP):
    • If you sell cosmetic products in Ireland, ensure that each product has a designated RP located within the European Economic Area (EEA). The RP is responsible for ensuring that the product complies with EU legislation.

2. Understand Compliance Requirements:

      • Familiarize yourself with the legal requirements outlined in Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 for placing cosmetic products on the market. The HPRA provides valuable resources, including the Cosmetic Products Information Pack, to guide you through the compliance process.

3. Adhere to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Standards:

    • Ensure that the manufacturing of your cosmetic products complies with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, as specified in ISO 22716. The HPRA offers guidance documents to help you understand and implement GMP requirements effectively.

Where can you find more information? For additional information and resources on cosmetic product compliance, visit the HPRA website or contact the HPRA Cosmetic Products Team at They are available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have regarding regulatory requirements.

Click here for the HPRA Cosmetic Products Information Pack for placing products on the Irish market. This guide provides useful information on the legal requirements for placing cosmetic products on the market and it contains:

  • Concise information to guide you through placing a product on the market.
  • A checklist to help ensure all tasks are completed before placing cosmetic products on the market.

At IOMST, we understand the importance of staying informed and compliant with regulatory requirements to ensure the safety and integrity of the products we sell. By following the guidance provided by the HPRA and other regulatory authorities, we can collectively contribute to a safer marketplace for consumers and businesses alike.

Thank you for your attention to this important update.

Yours sincerely,

Grainne & Greg

Click here for the HPRA Cosmetic Products Information Pack.