Safety Notices

The HPRA publishes safety information on its website, including notices relating to cosmetic products, which have been notified through the RAPEX system. These notices (see document below) may relate to specific products or batches of products.

What is the RAPEX system?

Cosmetic products presenting a risk to consumers are notified to European Member States and the European Commission through the EU rapid alert system or 'RAPEX'. HPRA, as competent authority for cosmetic products in Ireland, reviews all RAPEX alerts concerning cosmetic products to identify those that could be on the Irish market and may need to be recalled.

What to do if you are a retailer or a distributor?

If you identify one of these products as part of your inventory, firstly clarify if the batch number is the same as that notified. Where the batch number is the same, you should quarantine stocks and complete the consumer alert form. 

What to do if you are a consumer?

If you are a consumer and you have purchased one of these products, firstly clarify if the batch number is the same as that notified. Where the batch number is the same, stop using the product and return it to the place of purchase. Notify the HPRA Healthcare Products Distribution Section of the details of where the product was purchased using the Cosmetic RAPEX reaction form.

Cosmetic RAPEX reaction form

Contact us for further advice at 01 6764971 or by email to cosmetics@hpra.ie.

Safety Notices

Date Title Type
01/06/2017 Cosmetic Products Safety Notices - updated 1st June 2017 Advisory
29/04/2015 Parabens in Cosmetic Products Advisory
29/04/2015 Methylisothiazolinone (MI) in Cosmetic Products Advisory
07/11/2012 Communication on tooth whitening products 3rd Party Publications