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Warning Letters to Industry, Import Surveillance, and Recalls on Cosmetic-Related Issues

Overviews of legal, regulatory and policy issues related to cosmetics

Information for consumers and industry

What cosmetic labels can say and what they must say; what label claims mean

Regulations, guidance, registration and other resources

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

Over-the-counter drugs, botanicals, cosmetic surgery, contact lenses, women's health and more


Cosmetic Q&A:

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Quiz Yourself! How Smart Are You About Cosmetics?

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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)

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