The following frequently asked questions address many of the most common issues surrounding cosmetic ingredients and product safety
- How are cosmetics regulated in the United States?
- Does the FDA have the authority to regulate cosmetic safety?
- How are cosmetics regulated in Europe?
- Are cosmetics regulated more strictly in Europe than in the U.S.?
Cosmetic Information & Safety
- How are the FDA and cosmetics manufacturers working together to ensure consumer safety?
- What factors are considered as part of a cosmetic safety evaluation in the U.S.?
- Do independent experts research and evaluate cosmetic safety?
- Is the safety of a cosmetic product evaluated once it hits the market?
Special Cosmetic Oversight
- What is the cosmetic industry's Consumer Commitment Code, and why was it developed?
- What is the Cosmetic Ingredient Review? Is it a part of the FDA?
- How safe are cosmetics and personal care products compared to other products regulated by the FDA?
- What voluntary steps are cosmetic manufacturers taking to provide cosmetic safety and protect consumers?
- What actions can the FDA take against manufacturers that produce and market unsafe cosmetics?
Overview of Cosmetic Ingredients
- Is there a link between phthalates and baby care products?
- What are phthalates and why are they used in cosmetics?
- What are parabens and what do they do?
- When and where did the first cosmetics originate?
- When were cosmetics and personal care products first regulated in the U.S.?
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