Key elements of contemporary regulation of cosmetics in the United States

Key elements of contemporary regulation of cosmetics in the United States

11 Oct 2017, 14:45 - 15:30

Marketing Trends & Regulations Theatre 2


It may be stated simply but certainly… Cosmetic products and ingredients should be safe for consumers under their conditions of use. Today, many regulatory authorities have an established framework governing cosmetic safety. While the regulations do not prescribe specifically how the safety of the cosmetic must be determined, and a side by side comparison will show some differences across regions, the commonalties are far more numerous. These includes uniform agreement that pre-market approval is not necessary for the vast majority of products; ingredients should be labeled; good manufacturing practices should be respected; and, as an undeviating cornerstone,  it is the responsibility of manufacturers to substantiate the safety of the cosmetic product prior to marketing. 

In today’s presentation we will examine the key elements in the management practices of cosmetic products in the U.S. These include manufacturer’s initiatives, the role of independent 3rd party experts at the Cosmetic Ingredient Review and FDA’s responsibilities in oversight and enforcement. We will then examine how the three parts come together to make cosmetics one of the safest product categories regulated by the US FDA.



  • Jay Ansell


    Vice President

    Personal Care Products Council

    Dr Ansell joined the Personal Care Products Council (formerly CTFA) in May 2006 and is Vice President - Cosmetic Programs where he is responsible for...

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