Every cosmetic producer should at least be aware of the following regulatory information regarding the production of cosmetics. That's not to say that these will cover all the bases but if nothing more it will start you in the right direction toward compliance. 

  • Cosmetics Q&A – This page will answer key questions like: How does the FDA regulate cosmetics? What is a cosmetic, soap, or topical drug (OTC)? What ingredients are restricted from use in cosmetics?
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Guidelines/Inspection Checklist – Cosmetic production must meet Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines. This list lays out the FDA expectations for the manufacturing, holding and delivering of cosmetic products. 
  • Guidance for Industry: Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practices  – This draft document is what the FDA is proposing for regulatory compliance around the production of cosmetics. Currently this is only a draft document and contains non-binding recommendations. The FDA is asking for comments regarding the document; this is your chance to let them know how this will impact your businesses.
  • Cosmetic Labeling Guide – This page contains everything you need to know and more about labeling cosmetics.
  • Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP) - The Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP) is an FDA reporting system for use by manufacturers, packers, and distributors of cosmetic products that are in commercial distribution in the United States

These initiatives clearly indicate that the Food & Drug Administration is moving toward an enhanced regulatory environment around the production, storage and delivery of cosmetics. As a producer, it’s always beneficial to stay ahead of the curve on changing regulatory compliance issues, so take your time and become familiar with the FDA cosmetic regulations.