The FDA has published a new webpage that is directed to cosmetic handcrafters. It’s the Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics: Fact Sheet, which can currently be found in the Cosmetics section of the FDA website, under “Resources for You” > “Industry“.
Just to clarify, nothing has changed; there are no new regulations. This is just a new page on their website that summarizes important points that small businesses and homemade cosmetic makers should know.
Questions & Answers
The new page is in a Q & A format, and provides answers to 15 commonly asked (and frequently misunderstood) questions that cosmetic handcrafters often ask. The answers are relatively easy to understand and contain links to other FDA web pages with additional information. The questions covered are:
- Does FDA regulate cosmetics?
- How do I know if my products are regulated as cosmetics, and not as drugs or some other product category?
- Do I need to have my cosmetic products or ingredients approved by FDA?
- What do I need to know about using color additives in cosmetics?
- Do I need to register my cosmetic firm or product formulations with FDA?
- Can I manufacture cosmetics in my home or salon?
- Can I label my cosmetics “natural” or “organic”?
- Must I test my products and ingredients?
- Using available safety data
- Doing additional testing
- Can I use a Post Office (P.O.) box or website for the address on the label?
- Where can I learn more about labeling requirements?
- What local requirements are there for starting a cosmetics business?
- Do I need to get a license from FDA to manufacture or market cosmetics?
- Where can I find more information on FDA requirements I need to know about?
(Hey, it’s my blog, so I’m going to post my opinion here!)
Personally, I’m very pleased the FDA has taken the time to put up this page and answer these questions. I’ve been answering them over and over for years now, and there has never been a clear-cut place on the FDA website covering some of this information. (The question about Post Office boxes is a good example.)
Again, nothing has changed. There are no new regulations. It’s just what I’ve been saying all along.