Category: Legislation & Regulation

  • Making Cosmetics in Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania is apparently another state that has specific requirements for cosmetic manufacturers. They’ve been on the books for a number of years (at least partially) but apparently haven’t been enforced much until just recently. The information available online is somewhat contradictory, but it does look like they do expect all cosmetic manufacturers to register. Registrations […]

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  • FDA Warning Letters: Products Containing CBD

    The FDA sent out 15 warning letters last week to companies that are illegally marketing products containing CBD.  I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what the FDA is going after and why. The FDA’s Position First, let’s review the FDA’s position on the marketing of products containing CBD. The FDA […]

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  • FDA & Social Media

    NOTE: This post is not specifically about handcrafted soap and cosmetics, but more about FDA enforcement generally. The Food Drug and Cosmetic Act defines the “label” as the written printed or graphic matter on the immediate container of a product and “labeling” as all written, printed, or graphic matter accompanying an article at any time. […]

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  • FDA Site Update

    If you’ve gone to the FDA website in the past week or so, you probably noticed that they site has been updated and now looks completely different. According to their website, they are changing over to a new “more modern” WCMS (Website Content Management System), the biggest benefit of which is that it will be […]

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  • FDA Warning Letters Over CBD

    Three of the FDA warning letters in the past week have been concerning products containing CBD. Looks like they are starting enforcement activities in this area. All three of the warning letters (to PotNetwork Holdings, Advanced Spine and Pain, and Nutra Pure) cited similar violations. Drug Claims Claims that the product would treat or mitigate […]

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  • What about CBD Oil?

    CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of the many compounds found in the cannibis plant. It is non-intoxicating, but many claim it has significant physical benefits. “Hemp” and “marijuana” have been lumped into the same category since the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act and the 1970 Controlled Substances act. However, last December the 2018 Farm Bill […]

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  • Certificate of Free Sale

    A Certificate of Free Sale is a document that provides proof that a product is being freely and legally sold without restriction.  It is sometimes also called a “Certificate for Export” or “Certificate to Foreign Governments.” When is a Certificate of Free Sale needed? A Certificate of Free Sale is needed if you are exporting […]

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  • Why is Regulatory Compliance Important?

    When looking at the minutiae of labeling a soap or cosmetic product, it’s easy to forget the big picture.  Why are all these regulations in place? Why is it important to comply with them? Why are there regulations at all? Regulations are the rules that are put in place to implement the laws that are […]

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