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moving van We're Moving! October 4, 2004

pumpkin Halloween Special:
• Novelty Makeup
• Decorative Contact Lenses

Recall of a John Frieda® Blow Dryer Spray August 12, 2004

Listing of Color Additives Subject to Certification; D&C Black No. 2: Final Rule July 28, 2004

FDA Alerts Consumers About Adverse Events Associated with "Permanent Makeup" July 2, 2004

FDA Warning Letter to Beauty Supply, dba Beauty World, Addresses Tinted Contact Lenses May 10, 2004 (also available in PDF)

Warning Letter Addresses Claims Made for Topical Skincare Preparations February 18, 2004


The term ''cosmetic'' means (1) articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, and (2) articles intended for use as a component of any such articles; except that such term shall not include soap.
-- FD&C Act, Sec. 201 (i)





FDA Authority, Programs, and Policy
Overviews of legal, regulatory and policy issues related to cosmetics


*   Cosmetic Products and Ingredients
Information for consumers and industry


*   Cosmetic Labeling and Label Claims
What cosmetic labels can say and what they must say; what label claims mean


*   Information for Industry
Regulations, guidance, registration and other resources


*   International Activities
U.S. consumers purchase cosmetics from around the world. U.S. manufacturers export cosmetics. What is FDA's role?


*   Related Sites at FDA
Over-the-counter drugs, botanicals, cosmetic surgery, contact lenses, and more


*PDF Readers are available for free from the Adobe Acrobat web site.


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