FDA To Regulate Cosmetics Makers—Partly

Article originally appeared on www.theepochtimes.com.

New powers granted to the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) give the agency the ability to shut down cosmetic companies making products like shampoo, makeup, and toothpaste that expose consumers to injury or disease.

The updated regulations come from the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MOCRA) of 2022, which was tucked into the massive Consolidated Appropriations Act funding bill of 2023. MOCRA empowers the FDA to regulate aspects of cosmetics and personal care products in ways many Americans likely assumed it already was.

The act also creates federal standards for product registration and manufacturing practices, as well as record keeping, recalls, and documentation to substantiate safety claims.

Updated Regulations Long Overdue

MOCRA is the first statutory change to FDA’s authority over cosmetics makers since 1938.

Over the decades, several scandals drove demands for changes, from tainted products to questionable chemical additives. Most …

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