Posted 26 March 2012
By Alexander Gaffney
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is slated to review the safety and regulation of cosmetics in a hearing scheduled for 27 March.
The hearing intends to explore the possibility of establishing national standards for cosmetic ingredients, which the Committee writes "would serve to further public health by ensuring these decisions are made using sound science and ensure that the interstate flow of cosmetic products is not disrupted by differing State standards."
"Under current law, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot require cosmetic facilities to register, but FDA does allow these facilities to do so voluntarily through the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP)," according to a statement released on E&C's website. "Once a company registers, FDA assigns a registration number to each manufacturing establishment."
House Energy and Commerce Committee - Examining the Current State of Cosmetics (Background Memo)
House Energy and Commerce Committee - Examining the Current State of Cosmetics (Witness List)