FDA Appears To Be Prepping For Cosmetics Regulatory Changes, Ingredient Review
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Proposed regulatory reform legislation in the Senate would require FDA to review the safety of cosmetics ingredients, taking into account evaluations conducted by accredited third parties. In August, FDA requested quotes from the contractor community for developing a cosmetic hazard and risk assessment protocol and optional certification program “to show compliance with the protocol.”
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NGO-backed legislation at US federal, state and local levels to ban cosmetic ingredients and contain contaminant levels would be largely gratuitous if all cosmetics brands were compelled to be “Clean at Sephora.” For now, companies’ adherence to Sephora’s and peers’ green/clean chemistry principles remains voluntary, but retailers’ role as surrogate regulators seems only to be gaining in strength.
Despite repeated stakeholder assertions of being “closer than ever” to modernizing cosmetics regulations, the 115th Congress ended with reform legislation stranded in committee. The Personal Care Products says midterm elections diverted lawmakers’ attention from unresolved issues, likely including possible preemption terms to put a lid on growing state and local requirements.
Under current cosmetics regulations FDA does not have the authority to order product recalls, as it does in the dietary supplement space, for example. Voluntary cosmetic recalls have been typically light in recent months, most often citing microbiological issues.