Modernizing Cosmetics Regulation (MoCRA): FDA Introduces Cosmetics Direct Portal
The FDA has introduced the Cosmetics Direct electronic submission portal in accordance with the MoCRA mandate. This portal serves as a user-friendly platform designed to streamline the registration and listing process for cosmetic products and facilities.
The primary goal is to simplify the submission procedure, providing cosmetic facilities with a more accessible means to directly register and list their products with the FDA.
In a supportive move for the industry, the FDA has extended the enforcement deadline for an additional six months beyond the initial cutoff date of December 29, 2023. This extension allows businesses more time for compliance, pushing the deadline to July 1, 2024. This grace period aims to facilitate a smoother transition for cosmetic manufacturers and aligns with the FDA’s commitment to supporting industry adaptation to new regulatory processes.
Ensuring Compliance with Regulations for Cosmetic Products: A Crucial Step for Consumer Safety
Failure to adhere to regulations can result in the removal of products from the market, posing significant health and safety risks to consumers. This article sheds light on recent alerts from the European Commission Safety Gate during the latter months of 2023, emphasizing the paramount importance of compliance to ensure the well-being of consumers.
The European Commission Safety Gate operates as a swift alert system, identifying unsafe and non-compliant consumer products in the EU. This system enables market surveillance authorities to promptly inform the public about products that could jeopardize consumer health and safety.
Recall of skin lightening cream containing hydroquinone due to chemical risk.
Recall of skin lightening cream containing mercury and hydroquinone due to chemical risk.
Withdrawal of perfumes and other products containing BMHCA (the Lilial allergen) and undisclosed fragrance allergens.
Withdrawal of water spray containing aerobic mesophilic bacteria (Burkholderia cepacia) due to microbiological risk.
Suspension of sales of henna-based hair dye containing p-phenylenediamine (PPD) due to chemical risk.
Withdrawal of shampoo and conditioner containing pyrithione zinc due to chemical risk.
Suspension of hair product sales containing methylisothiazolinone (MI) due to chemical risk.
These alerts underscore the potential hazards associated with non-compliant products, necessitating market withdrawals and recalls to mitigate health risks. Consumers should remain informed about these alerts and opt for products that adhere to safety standards. Cosmetic manufacturers and distributors must prioritize compliance to safeguard the well-being of their customers. Together, we can establish a safe, regulated cosmetic industry that instills trust and confidence in consumers.
California tries to align with European Union (EU) cosmetic regulation
In a strategic move, California is taking steps to harmonize its cosmetic regulations with those of the European Union (EU). The Environmental Working Group (EWG) played a pivotal role in advocating for this alignment. The introduction of Assembly Bill (A.B.) 496 signifies a substantial step in banning 26 cosmetic chemicals. The primary objective is to propel the state towards the production of cleaner, healthier, and environmentally safer cosmetic products, marking a significant advancement in enhancing consumer safety and overall well-being.
This legislative initiative underscores California’s commitment to advancing consumer safety and meeting evolving expectations for cleaner and safer cosmetic products.
GREEN AND SUSTAINABILITY CORNER
The new EU environmental regulation (REGULATION EU 2023/1115) is a pivotal measure to address deforestation. Focused on key products like cattle, cocoa, coffee, oil palm, rubber, soy, and wood, it enforces stringent conditions, including deforestation-free status and adherence to the laws of the production country. Operators must conduct due diligence, and competent authorities will verify compliance.
Sanctions, determined by Member States, involve fines (minimum 4% of annual turnover), confiscation, and bans for serious offenses. Member States report sanctions to the Commission, which publishes them online. Effective from December 30, 2024, for operators and June 2025 for small businesses, this regulation underscores the EU’s commitment to sustainable environmental practices.