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As the competent authority for cosmetics, the IMB is responsible for the regulation of cosmetic products on the Irish market and ensuring compliance with the legislation. Our role as competent authority involves a range of activities including:

  • Ensuring the operation of an effective and broad reaching market surveillance programme in conjunction with the HSE.
  • Investigation of safety concerns arising during cosmetic product use.
  • Participation in international activities, including relevant EU working groups.
  • Generation of Certificates of Free Sale.

Guidance on Current Cosmetic Legislation

A number of key guidance documents have been prepared to assist the cosmetics sector on the cosmetics legislation. These include:

For guidance to retailers on selling cosmetic products in Ireland, the IMB have produced a flier which can be downloaded here. Printed versions are also available upon request to


There is no pre-market approval process for cosmetics in Europe. However, there is a requirement to notify your cosmetic product before it is placed on the European market. The European Commission launched the Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP) in January 2012. This is a centralised database for the notification of cosmetic products and has replaced national notification requirements from 11 July 2013. Manufacturers, importers and responsible persons are required to register with the European Commission and notify directly using CPNP. Further information on the CPNP is available at the following link:

Note: All cosmetic products currently placed on the market are required to be notified via CPNP. This includes cosmetic products that were previously notified to the IMB. 

Export Certificates

To apply for a certificate of free sale for cosmetic products click here.

Further Information

For further information relating to cosmetics, such as what to do if you experience an undesirable effect (cosmetovigilance) or information relating to tooth whitening, please use the links on the left. Additionally, presentations from previous information days can be found by selecting the "Events" link on the right. 

Contact Us

Queries relating to cosmetic products can be directed to the following e-mail



Date Printed: 23 April 2014

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