State Agencies

Every state has regulations that apply to soap and cosmetics.  Most of them follow the FDA regulations pretty closely, but some have more extensive requirements; Florida, Kentucky and California, in particular.

A link to the actual agency that oversees cosmetics in the state is provided if I could find it, although I notice that these change with some regularity. Some states have excellent websites with lots of data, others do not.  If you have questions about your state that you can’t clear up with the links below, give them a call.  Usually it’s either the Agriculture or Health Department that oversees food, and cosmetics are usually handled in the same place. Some states use the Board of Pharmacy.

I am gradually updating the list as I have a chance to review the state regulations.

Florida is one of the toughest states for cosmetic manufaturers.  Licensing is covered by the Business and Professional Regulation, Cosmetic Manufacturer. Cosmetics manufacturing facilities must be registered (and inspected and approved) by the state and products must be registered. Cosmetics may not be manufactured in residence.  From what I have seen, the inspection guidelines used are similar to those for a facility manufacturing drugs and expect substantial compliance with good manufacturing practices.

See my blog post on Florida Regulations for more detail. The comments have quite a bit of helpful information.

The Revised Statutes Online which cover cosmetics seem to be primarily Chapter 146: Purity and Branding of Food and Drugs; Immature Veal, specifically Section 146:2, Terms Defined (defines “cosmetic”), Section 146:7 Cosmtic Adulterated,  Section 146:8, Cosmetics Misbranded and Section 146:9 False Advertisement.  All are similar to the  Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (except that at the Federal level, advertising is covered by the Federal Trade Commission).

I was unable to find anything that indicates that there is any special licensing or other regulations applicable to manufacturing or selling cosmetics in the State of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire has adopted the National Institutes of Weights an Measures Handbooks, which are incorporated by reference into the NH Statutes. That means that there are applicable labeling regulations in NH (which are basically the same as the federal regs).  It also means that there is a Division of Weights and Measures within the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food which has the authority to inspect and check scales that are used for measuring items for sale.

Please send me an email if you find any additional information about your state.  As more information is collected, I may set up a separate page for each state.