FDA to provide a platform for the public to give input on cosmetic regulation

By Michelle Yeomans

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The Food and Drug Administration is set to hold a public meeting on May 8th, in a bid to give the public a platform to offer their input on various topics pertaining to the regulation of cosmetics.

According to the regulatory body, that input may then be used to help the FDA prepare for its 7th annual Co-operation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) meeting which will be held in Japan on July 8 to 10, 2013.

The ICCR is an international group of regulatory authorities for cosmetics from Canada, the European Union, Japan, and the United States seeking to promote regulatory convergence, while maintaining global consumer protection and minimizing barriers to international trade.

The purpose of the multilateral framework on the ICCR is to pave the way for the removal of regulatory obstacles to international trade while maintaining global consumer protection.

Currently the members include Health Canada; the European Directorate General for Health and Consumers; the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan; and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Opportunity to have a say…

According to the FDA, in this instance the public are invited to make an oral presentation at the meeting, whereby they may have the floor to present data, information, or views orally or in writing on issues pending.

Time allotted for presentations are limited to ten minutes or less for each presenter and those interested should notify the Administration by April 22, alongside a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments that you wish to present

The meeting will be held on May 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m and will be held at the Food and Drug Administration headquarters, if you intend to participate, please see here​ for more details.

Rules and regulation

CFSAN's Office of Cosmetic and Colors is responsible for the federal regulation of cosmetic products in the US and regulates cosmetics under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD Act) (21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) and, for products marketed on a retail basis to consumers, under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) (15 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.).

The law requires that cosmetics must be safe for consumers under labeled or customary conditions of use and they must be properly labeled.

A transcript of the meeting will be available in either hardcopy or on CD-ROM, after submission of a Freedom of Information request, accessible at http://www.regulations.gov​.

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