Article by: Perry Romanowski

Welcome to Day 17 of the 30 Days to Become a Better Cosmetic Chemist series

This 30 day challenge is all about giving you lessons and basic exercises that will improve your abilities as a cosmetic chemist. fda-cosmetics

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In this episode

Today’s program is all about the regulation of the cosmetic industry and what you as a cosmetic formulator need to know.

In this episode you’ll find:

  • The reality of cosmetic product regulations
  • The history of cosmetic regulations in the US
  • Comparisons between US regulations and EU regulations
  • Two overriding laws for cosmetic regulation by the FDA
  • Resources for cosmetic regulatory information

 Today’s Challenge

Today’s challenge is meant to help get you up to speed on cosmetic regulations. The FDA website is the best source for finding the relevant information however there is so much information there that it is difficult to know what is relevant to formulators.

FDA article list relevant to people in the cosmetic industry.

Go through the list and read as many of these as you can. I would suggest you start with ones that I think are most relevant including…

“What the law says about cosmetics”
“Is it a cosmetic, drug or both?”
Labeling Guide
Inspection of Cosmetics
GMP Guidelines

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    Dear Perry. Very usefull and interesting chapter. I wonder what did you mean by “G&P Guideline” from FDA

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      Perry Romanowski

      That’s supposed to be GMP which stands for Good Manufacturing Procedures

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      Perry Romanowski

      That should be GMP – Good Manufacturing Procedures

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    Thanks for the great information! I can’t see all show notes too 🙁 I’ve to manually take down the notes from listening to your podcast

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      Perry Romanowski

      Hello – I’m not sure I understand. When you are on this page what are you seeing? Also, what is the system you are viewing the website through?

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      Perry Romanowski

      The show notes are on this page so if you can post a comment you should be able to see the show notes. I’m not sure what the problem is or how to solve it.

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    Never knew this at all

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