Overview of US Cosmetic Regulations



hi it's Rob from focal point research welcome back to video number three today I'm going to be talking about the regulations governing cosmetics sold in the United States in the United States drugs and medical devices must receive approval from the FDA before they are sold this is not the case with cosmetics cosmetic manufacturers are responsible for the safety of their products the safety of cosmetic products is regulated through the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act which dates to 1938 this Act defines a cosmetic as products intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing beautifying or altering appearance and anything that is meant to be a component of the above this is a condensed version but really gets to the definition of a cosmetic in the United States some of the mandatory requirements for cosmetics in the u.s. include the types of colorants used in cosmetic products and how they are listed on the ingredient statement the language used on labels including the types of claims made as well as foreign languages used and the country of origin is mandatory on cosmetics in the United States the FDA is very interested in the microbiological safety of cosmetic products and it's worth noting that in the u.s. sunscreens and any purse prints are considered over-the-counter drugs another point to note is that cosmetic ingredients are not subject to environmental regulations in the u.s. in the u.s. there is a voluntary cosmetic registration program that means there is no advanced approval and evidence of safety required to sell a cosmetic in the US however the FDA has the power to remove a product from sale if it's deemed to be adulterated or unsafe cosmetic manufacturers are responsible for determining and confirming the overall safety of their products but there is an independent expert panel that reviews cosmetic ingredients for safety called the Cir or the cosmetic ingredient review a significant and important development in the u.s. is that some states are adding additional cosmetic regulations currently California Washington and Minnesota have imposed additional regulations California has enacted the safe Cosmetic Act and under its proposition 65 there is a requirement to publish all chemicals known to cause cancer birth defects and our reproductive harm their lists are updated yearly and businesses must notify consumers of the presence of harmful chemicals in their products I would note that focal point research has proprietary ingredients software that fully supports all of these us requirements other states have followed California and passing more restrictive legislation in 2008 Washington passed the children's safe products Act the Department of Ecology requires manufacturers of children's products including children's cosmetics to generate reports about their products containing high priority chemicals Minnesota adopted the toxic-free Kids Act in 2009 it directs the Department of Health to create two lists of chemicals chemicals of high concern and priority chemicals present in children's products a term which specifically includes personal care products like cosmetics so that's a very brief description of regulations governing cosmetics sold in the United States if you'd like more information check out our website the link is in the description below so this is Rob from focal point research thanks for watching and have a great day

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  1. Everything you want to know about Cosmetics Product Information File (PIF) for EUROPE  and Regulation 1223/2009: http://cosmeticspif.com/

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