Do exported cosmetics have to comply with the same requirements as the US?
By Michelle Yeomans
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Cosmetic requirements in other countries are different from the US, and there may be situations when a product for export does not comply with the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug,& Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) or Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) for cosmetics marketed domestically.
A product intended for export will not be considered adulterated or misbranded if it
meets the specifications of the foreign purchaser,
is not in conflict with the laws of the country to which it is intended for export,
is labeled on the outside of the shipping package that it is intended for export, and
is not sold or offered for sale in domestic commerce. (FD&C Act, Section 801(e); U.S. Code, Title 21, sec. 381(e))
However, cosmetic products sold or offered for sale in domestic commerce must comply with all applicable provisions of the FD&C Act, the FPLA, and any other related laws, as well as the regulations established under authority of these laws.