How are personal care products in the US regulated today?
Since 1938, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act has provided the FDA with the authority to regulate cosmetics and personal care products. Currently, the U.S. regulatory framework is a complex system of federal & state government regulations, various court rulings, scientific guidelines, independent safety reviews and industry-self-regulation.
There are essentially three main components to the current US cosmetic regulatory system:
In 1938, Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, giving authority to the U.S. FDA to oversee the safety of food, drugs, and cosmetics. FDA’s authority over cosmetics is different from their authority over other products they regulate, such as pharmaceutics or medical devices.
Cosmetic Ingredient Review
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) was established in 1976 by the industry trade association with the participation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Federation of America.The CIR is the industry-funded panel that ensures the safety of the ingredients used in cosmetics today. Its meetings are open to the public and its findings and minutes are publicly available on its website.
Consumer Commitment Code
In 2007, the Personal Care Products Council adopted the Consumer Commitment Code for the cosmetic industry. The code builds on the safety standards published by the CIR and adds new responsibilities including reporting of the Safety Information Summary Program that makes cosmetic product and ingredient safety information readily available to the FDA upon request, and adverse event reporting to the FDA.
Our Safety Standards
Cosmetics are among the safest category of products regulated by U.S. FDA. FDA has significant authority to ensure the safety of cosmetics today, but clarifying that authority and the information it receives provides additional protection and confidence for the public.
While the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act regulates our products, at Johnson & Johnson, our products are designed to meet or exceed current regulatory requirements wherever they are sold. Some of the steps we take to ensure the highest safety and quality of our products include:
Our heritage as a healthcare company inspires us to maintain the highest standards and approach developing personal care products from a scientific & evidence-based perspective.VIEW FULL SAFETY INFOGRAPHIC
What We Support
Johnson & Johnson is committed to working with regulatory bodies, policy makers, industry, healthcare professionals and consumers to continue improving cosmetic regulations to best serve the public health and give consumers confidence.
We support a federal framework for the regulation of cosmetics that will significantly update US cosmetic regulation for the first time in more than 80 years.
We support legislation that will…
Require the registration of manufacturing facilities for cosmetic & personal care products.
Require industry to report serious adverse events to FDA.
Standardize Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for cosmetics & personal care products.
Grant the FDA mandatory recall authority.
We support U.S. FDA authority to determine the safety of cosmetic and personal care product ingredients.
We advocate for legislation that specifies FDA standards on individual ingredients would preempt action on those same ingredients at the state level, in order to avoid conflicting regulations across the country.
What Can I Do?
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