USA Cosmetic REgulation

In the US the FDA does not Approve cosmetics, with the exception of color additives used in them. Under the law, cosmetics must not be “adulterated” or “misbranded.” Ultimately, it is the companies and individuals who market cosmetics who have the legal responsibility for the safety and labeling of their products. It is not uncommon however, for the FDA to take action against a cosmetic on the market if they have reliable information showing that it is adulterated or misbranded.

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Safety of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products FDA The guidance document is intended to assist industry and other stakeholders in identifying the potential safety issues of nanomaterials in cosmetic products and developing a framework for evaluating them. English Complimentary
Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practices (2013) FDA This document provides FDA’s current thinking concerning what constitutes Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for cosmetics. It is intended to assist industry and other stakeholders in identifying the standards and issues that can affect the quality of cosmetic products. English Complimentary
registration of cosmetics in the USA

GRP Whitepaper: Registration of Cosmetics in the USA

Cosmetics marketed in the United States, whether manufactured domestically or imported must comply with the following regulations: Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), Fair Packaging and Labeling Act External Link Disclaimer (FP&L Act).The Law does not require that cosmetic products or ingredients (with the exception of color additives) to have FDA approval prior to entering the market. 

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