FDA

Subject: FDA-US Food and Drug Administration

What? Cosmetic products and ingredients, with the exception of color additives, do not have to undergo FDA review or approval before they go on the market. Except for color additives, cosmetic ingredients do not have to go under FDA review. There is a list of prohibited items that are known to cause harm. These are listed on the FDA website. Cosmetics are classified as items to be rubbed, sprinkled, sprayed, or poured on the skin for the purpose of cleansing and beautifying the skin.

Why? History Cosmetic products and ingredients, with the exception of color additives, do not have to undergo FDA review or approval before they go on the market. Cosmetics must be properly labeled, and they must be safe for use by consumers under labeled for correct use. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision. The FDA inspects and makes sure everything literally from cleaning products to prescription drugs to foods are safe and labeled properly with ingredients and any posing hazards, side effects or precautions of use. Consumer safety is the first priority for cosmetics and personal care product companies and manufacturers. The FDA provides strict regulations that are required to be met. Companies take these regulations seriously and often surpass them with more consumer safety measures.

Where does it typically occur? The FDA has to make sure the product is labeled correctly. This is a major help for the consumer since where cosmetics and skincare is involved often the FDA is more permissible with those ingredients than they would be with food items. There seem to be more regulations with food and drugs. The two most important laws pertaining to cosmetic marketed in the United State are the FD&C Act and the FPLA.

When? Implications The FDA regulates cosmetics under the authority of these laws. Before a product is put on the market it must be approved by the FDA if the product hasn’t been approved it has to say so and the consumer takes a risk by using such product. Some things will slip through the FDA will issue a recall on products. The law doesn’t make a cosmetic product or ingredient to be approved by the FDA before it goes on the market. The FDA has strict regulations and requirements from packaging and labeling from making a misleading product.

Who benefits from this? The consumer does as there are protections in place without overly arduous laws that keep products from coming to market.

What causes this? The FDA monitors potential issues and moves to fix the problems. One of the most recent legislations was against the use of microbeads (these were in everything such as toothpaste to body lotions.

How does it relate to the skin? The FDA monitors for potential safety issues with cosmetic products on the market and are involved when needed to protect our health. Scientific data needs to show that it is harmful with the way it will be used. Cosmetic companies have a legal responsibility for the safety in labeling their products and ingredients. The FDA regulates almost every aspect of cosmetic drugs which includes testing, manufacturing, labeling, advertising, marketing, efficacy and safety. The FDA has strict regulations and requirements from packaging and labeling to a misleading product.

How? Solutions (Mechanical / Machine) The FDA approves medical electrical equipment for safety and that it is going to do what it claims. There are different classes on medical devices on the market that are for use in spas and doctors’ offices.

How? Solutions (Non Mechanical) There are a list of prohibited items that are known to be harmful. One of these ingredients is mercury. The FDA actually has guidance documents that involve the current way they think when something is suggested for use.

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