According to the European Regulation on Cosmetic Products (Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009), before making available a cosmetic product on the market the Responsible Person (RP) shall notify the product in the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP).
The CPNP is a free of charge online notification system created for the implementation of the European Cosmetics Regulation. After notification on the CPNP, there is no need for any further notification at national level within the EU.
The use of CPNP is mandatory since 2013. To access the Portal, the user needs a use login, a password, an organization, a role and a profile. The CPNP is relatively easy to use, but there are two user manuals issued by the European Commission, being one specific for cosmetics containing nanomaterials.
The RP or, under certain circumstances, the distributor needs to submit the following information on the CPNP:
- Name/names (enabling its specific identification) and category of cosmetic product;
- Name and address of the RP where the PIF is made readily accessible
- Country of origin (for imported products)
- Member State in which the cosmetic product is to be placed on the market
- Contact details of a physical person to contact in case of necessity
- Presence of nanomaterials, and:
- their identification, including chemical name (IUPAC) and other descriptors as specified in Regulation:
- reasonably foreseeable exposure conditions.
- Name and the CAS or EC number of substances classified as CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction);
- Frame formulation (allowing for prompt and appropriate medical treatment in the event of difficulties).
The original labelling, and, where reasonably legible, a photograph of the corresponding packaging must also be notified by the RP.
Part of the information submitted to the CPNP is made electronically available to competent authorities (for market surveillance, market analysis, evaluation and consumer information) and to poison centers or similar bodies established by EU countries (for the purposes of medical treatment).
Competent authorities, EU poison centers, RP and distributors can access the CPNP, but the portal is not accessible to the public.
The notification of cosmetic products containing nanomaterials must be done 6 months prior to placing them on the EU market.
All notifications made in the CPNP remain in the system and it is not possible to dele them. Nevertheless, the RP can create an update version and indicate in the correspondent field that the “product is no longer manufactured”.
Bare in mind that the fact that a cosmetic product has been successfully notified through the CPNP does not necessarily mean that the product fulfills all the requirements of the EU Cosmetic Regulation and is safe.
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- Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products.
- Guide to Using CPNP (Cosmetic Products Notification Portal) For Responsible Persons and Distributors. European Commission. 2017