Labeling of Cosmetics in the US

  • 31.12.2017

Although in the US manufacturers and importers of cosmetics are not required to have their products approved by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) before they go on the market, all cosmetic products must be in compliance with the provisions of the FD&C Act (Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic) and the FP&L Act (Fair Packaging & Labeling). This article gives a brief overview about the requirements for labeling based on excerpts of the FDA labeling manual.

FDA defines cosmetics as articles intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body's structure or functions. Included in this definition are: skin creams, lotions, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye & facial make- up preparations, shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, toothpastes, deodorants, and any material intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product.