FDA Stops Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program

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The FDA announced today that effective immediately they are no longer accepting submissions into the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP).

The Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program was a voluntary program (set up in 1972) so the FDA could get best-guess estimates on cosmetic products and ingredients in the marketplace. It was also used by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Experts Panel to determine current usage rates of various cosmetic products and ingredients, for consideration in their ingredient reviews.

This is the first notable motion in preparation for implementation of the Modernization of Cometics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA). (See also More on MoCRA – What Now?)

MoCRA has a section in it which requires that cosmetic companies register their facilities and products with the FDA. The Act states that facilities must register “within one year” of the passage of the Act—so that was by December, 2023. (They’ve since granted an extension until July 1, 2024.)

In order to prepare, the FDA is creating a brand new system to handle the upcoming required product and facility registrations. Information currently in the VCRP will not be transferred into the new system.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Cosmetic companies with less than $1 million annual revenue from cosmetics are EXEMPT from the requirement to register their facilities and products.

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Up to date as of May 2024.


2 responses to “FDA Stops Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program”

  1. Randall Vilela

    I thought the facility registration had a due date of EOY 2023? The above states 2024.

    1. Marie Gale

      You are correct! I’ve updated the post. The date by which existing facilities must register is “1 year after date of enactment” (of MoCRA) — so late December, 2023.

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