Health Products Regulatory Authority

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The Health Products Regulatory Authority is an Irish regulatory agency. It advises the Irish government. It is responsible for both public and animal health. It regulates medicines, medical devices, clinical trials and other health products and monitors the safety of cosmetics. Until July 2014 it was known as the Irish Medicines Board.[1]

The Irish Medicines Board suspended Nimesulide from the Irish market and referred it to the EU Committee for Human Medicinal Products for a review of its benefit/risk profile due to the reporting of six cases of potentially-related liver failures by the National Liver Transplant Unit at St. Vincent's University Hospital between 1999 and 2006.[2]

In July 2018 the authority recalled a number of medicines containing the active ingredient Valsartan when an impurity was identified in a valsartan active substance manufactured at a facility in China.[3]

It produced a report on medicinal cannabis in 2018 which suggested a controlled access programme for cannabis products that are not capable of being authorized as a medicinal product.[4]

In 2017 it confiscated large quantities of counterfeit “high-end” beauty products, some of which were found to contain arsenic and lead.[5] It also detained 948,915 dosage units (tablets, capsules, vials etc.) of fake or other illegal medicines, 40% more than in 2016. 47% were anabolic steroids, 23% sedatives and 13% erectile dysfunction medicines. It brought six prosecutions.[6]


  1. ^ "About us". Health Products Regulatory Authority. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Error Page".
  3. ^ "Health Products Regulatory Authority statement on drugs recall". Irish Times. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Cannabis Regulation in Ireland". Lexology. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Skincare copies: stock-up or avoid?". Image. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Steroids and erectile dysfunction pills: One million doses of illegal medication seized last year". The Journal. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.