Tag Archives: COSMETICS

FDA Highlights Best Practices to Prevent Tampering and Intentional Adulteration of Food and Cosmetics

FDA issued a Constituent Update, entitled “FDA Reminds Industry of Best Practices to Prevent Tampering and Intentional Adulteration of Food and Cosmetic Products” on August 28 in response to media reports of tampering of products at grocery stores.  The Constituent update directs retailers to take the following actions: Inspect returned products for signs of tampering … Continue Reading

FDA to hold public Meeting Regarding Cosmetics Regulation

The International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) is an international group of cosmetics regulatory authorities including members from Brazil, Canada, the European Union, and the United States.  These members and industry trade associations meet annually to discuss safety and regulatory issues.  The ICCR multilateral framework is intended to harmonize regulations and reduce regulatory burden while … Continue Reading

FDA Warns of Asbestos Contamination in Certain Cosmetics

Unlike other product categories regulated by FDA, FDA’s authority over cosmetic products marked in the United States is limited. FDA lacks mandatory recall authority for cosmetics, and manufacturers are not legally required to disclose adverse health effects reported by consumers. Ultimately, companies and individuals who market these products in the U.S. bear the responsibility for … Continue Reading

FDA Survey of the Cosmetics Industry on Current Manufacturing Practices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday, July 2, 2018, an opportunity for public comment on a proposed survey of the manufacturing practices and standards employed across the cosmetic industry to ensure product quality and safety. The survey is intended to provide the industry with a systematic and detailed study of the current … Continue Reading

Microbead Mortality

Federal government bans microbeads. Microbeads are tiny beads of plastic added to cosmetics and personal care products to serve an abrasive or exfoliating function.  For years, environmental groups have expressed concerns that microbeads pollute waterways and pose harm to aquatic life because their small size allows them to pass through wastewater treatment systems in significant quantities.  In … Continue Reading

Tattoo Troubles

FDA issues warning about bacterial contamination in tattoo inks. FDA has the authority to regulate the safety of cosmetics in the United States.  Tattoo inks meet the statutory definition of a “cosmetic,” which means:  “(1) articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part … Continue Reading

Beauty and the Bill

Bipartisan bill introduced to expand FDA’s authority over cosmetic products. Although FDA currently has authority to regulate cosmetic products marketed in the United States, regulatory action in this space has been dormant for decades.  Unlike with other product categories, FDA lacks mandatory recall authority for cosmetics and manufacturers are not required to disclose adverse health effects … Continue Reading

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