Competent authority

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) are the competent authority for cosmetics in Ireland , They are responsible for the regulation of cosmetic products on the Irish market and ensuring compliance with EU legislation.

Their 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.