Cosmetic Products and the FDA

Cosmetic Products and the FDA

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FDA Regulation of Cosmetics Products Importers introducing cosmetic products into the United States must be mindful of FDA regulations, which can present a barrier to market entry if the appropriate steps are not taken to ensure compliance. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) works in conjunction with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to monitor cosmetic products at the time of entry. Noncompliance with FDA regulations can result in a shipment being refused entry into the United States or a product being recalled from the market after entry. However, one may mistakenly assume that cosmetic products are subjected to the…
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Food & Drug (FDA) Attorney Katherine Giannamore Interviewed on Complexities of Marketing Cosmetics

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On March 31, 2015, Attorney Katherine Giannamore, of Mejia Shehadeh Giannamore, PLLC, was interviewed by Ryan Nelson of “The Rose Sheet” about the challenges that companies face when marketing cosmetic products. “The Rose Sheet” is one of the industry’s premier sources for specialized, in-depth coverage and analysis of regulatory and market developments across the personal care and cosmetics industries. The full text of the article interview may be accessed here. The article focuses on cosmetics companies’ efforts to simultaneously promote their products effectively while abiding by all applicable laws and regulations. On this blog, we have previously discussed the challenges…
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FDA Warns of Marketing Cosmetics with Drug Claims

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The difference between a product being marketed as a cosmetic and marketed as a drug can be a very thin line. However, the differences in regulation between the two are stark. The Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (The Act) governs the regulation of drugs and cosmetic products. The Act defines a cosmetic, in part, as something designed for the, “cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance [of a person].” By contrast, the Act defines a drug, in part, as a product “intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease," or “intended to affect…
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FDA Imports: Foods and Cosmetics

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Do you ever wonder how your favorite exotic cheese, foreign cookies, or champagne make it to the United States? As it turns out, importing food and cosmetics into the United States is not as simple as putting it in boxes and shipping it to the supermarket or local drug store. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is guided by a comprehensive statutory scheme that governs food and cosmetics produced in foreign countries and imported into the United States. Understanding the issues surrounding FDA imports, including how the importation of foods and cosmetics are affected by federal regulations, is important…
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FDA Seeks to Review Safety and Effectiveness of Antibacterial Soaps

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On December 16, 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule, “Safety and Effectiveness of Consumer Antiseptics,” that would require manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps and body washes to provide the FDA with data demonstrating that the products are safe for long-term use and effective in preventing illness and infection. You can read the FDA’s announcement here. The proposed rule is part of the FDA’s ongoing review of the safety and effectiveness of the active ingredients in antibacterial soaps and related products, which are not found in non-antibacterial, or plain, soap. Further, as noted above,…
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FDA’s CFSAN Announces Plan for Program Priorities

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On September 4, 2013, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN or the Center), a public health regulatory center in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), published its 2013-2014 Plan for Program Priorities. The plan outlines certain goals and objectives that CFSAN intends to achieve to improve food and cosmetic safety. You can read the 2013-2014 Plan for Program Priorities on the FDA’s website, available here. More specifically, the plan lists six goals: (1) reduce foodborne illness rates and cosmetic injury rates each year; (2) establish regulations, policies, guidance, and inspection and compliance strategies based on best…
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