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FAQ: Cosmetics

What do cosmetics firms need to do?

Under the law, cosmetics manufacturers are not required to register their cosmetic establishments or file their product formulations with the FDA, and no registration number is required to import cosmetics into the United States. However, we encourage cosmetic firms to participate in the FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP) using the online registration system.

Can the FDA inspect cosmetics manufacturers?

Yes. The FDA can and does inspect cosmetic manufacturing facilities to assure cosmetic product safety and to determine whether cosmetics are adulterated or misbranded under the FD&C Act or FPLA.

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