By: Ronie Schmelz
Counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP
Despite Deregulation in 2017, Cosmetic Companies Remain FDA Focus
President Donald Trump has made deregulation a cornerstone of his administration, demanding that for every new regulation proposed, regulatory agencies identify two regulations for elimination; however, this directive has not impeded regulatory oversight at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although the number of FDA Warning Letters sent to cosmetic, skin care, and other personal care companies has decreased significantly under the new administration, these companies still remain a focus for FDA. While the future is impossible to predict, the following summary of regulatory activity in 2017 provides a good guidepost for the types of claims to avoid so that your company does not become the recipient of an FDA Warning Letter.
Cosmetics 101 Starts with Product Safety
By: ICMAD — Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors
CPNA interviewed a leading expert in the industry – Craig Weiss – in anticipation of ICMAD’s Technical/Regulatory Forum that is held February 13-14, 2018 in Newport Beach, California.
Craig Weiss, the President of the Consumer Product Testing Co. (CPT), is no stranger to the cosmetics industry. As he puts it “I was practically raised in the company.” That company is the Consumer Product Testing Co., which Craig’s father Mel started in 1975. CPT is a toxicology facility doing acute testing work for the cosmetics industry. Mel introduced Craig to the industry when Craig was young and by age 13 he was in the facility with his Dad learning by osmosis. When Craig graduated from college with a bio-chemistry degree, his father said there was no job for him at Consumer Product Testing and so Craig, undaunted, “cut his teeth” in other parts of the cosmetics industry until he joined CPT in 1991. Almost 27 years later, Craig is the President, running a $15M operation with 130 employees. CPT tests all types of products and devices from cosmetics and sunscreens, to medical devices and over-the-counter drugs.
As a beauty industry insider and generator of growth for our industry, our mission at COSMOPROF NORTH AMERICA is to provide information to cosmetic companies to allow them to best protect and steward their business interests. There are serious talks brewing in Washington DC over a possible legislative battle taking place where it seems that misinformation is being provided to politicians by radical activist groups which can severely impact the way the business of beauty will be carried out.