Earlier this year the FDA updated the agency’s Cosmetics page to assist cosmetics manufacturers, particularly small manufacturers, with understanding and complying with federal regulations. The redesigned website is easier to navigate allowing the reader to easily locate information pertinent to making and labeling cosmetic products.
If you are considering or are entering the cosmetic manufacturing market or happen to be a curious consumer the site should be bookmarked as a helpful resource. Here are the major site updates worth noting.
Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics Fact Sheet (click here)
Written in FAQ format the Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics Fact Sheet covers important topics such as how cosmetics are regulated by the FDA, if any testing is required, registration, labeling, and requirements for starting a business.
Fragrances in Cosmetics (click here)
The new Fragrances in Cosmetics explains the use of the term “fragrance” in an ingredient listing, how to tell if a fragrance product is regulated as a cosmetic, and discusses the terms “essential oils” and “aromatherapy” and how they apply to cosmetic regulation.
Labeling Section (click here)
In the Labeling Regulations sub-section, you’ll find an overview of labeling regulations summarizing what the current labeling requirements are and important fundamental information. In addition, the page provides links to each part of the Code of Federal Regulations that apply to labeling cosmetics; making it easier to find and comply with the federal code.
The Labeling Claims sub-section includes articles on Alcohol Free, Cosmeceutical, Hypoallergenic, and Aromatherapy, as well as, information on the various possible claims and applicable regulations, if any.
The Cosmetic Labeling Guide information remains the same as in the previous website version with formatting updates for easier reading.
Ingredient Names (click here)
Another new document for the updated website is the Ingredient Names listing which clearly states how to determine what names should be used to identify ingredients in a product. The FDA makes it very clear that common or usual names must be used and not Latin or foreign language.
Product Testing (click here)
The new Product Testing page addresses popular questions on the FDA’s recommended and required product testing guidelines and how to support the safety of cosmetics.