Cosmetic products are regulated by FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). CFSAN is responsible for assuring that cosmetics are safe and properly labeled.
Do You Know…If FDA Approves Cosmetics?
FDA does not approve cosmetics, although we do approve color additives used in cosmetics. It is the responsibility of cosmetic manufacturers to ensure, before marketing their products, that the products are safe when used as directed in their label or under customary conditions of use. More…
FDA Basics Videos
Dr. Linda Katz, director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, talks about FDA's role in monitoring the safety of cosmetics and color additives.
Cosmetics & Color Additives Basics
- How does the Office of Cosmetics and Colors protect consumers from unsafe cosmetics?
- What ingredients are prohibited from use in cosmetics?
- What should I do if I have a reaction (side effect) to a cosmetic product?
- What is the shelf life of cosmetics?
- What are "hypoallergenic" cosmetics?
- Are tattoos and permanent makeup safe? How about henna and other temporary tattoos?
- Do cosmetics contain harmful contaminants, such as lead? What does FDA do to guard against them?
- Are there safety concerns related to the use of parabens in cosmetics?
- What precautions should you take if you dye your hair?
- What precautions should you take when using eye cosmetics?
- Where can I learn more about cosmetic safety and how cosmetics are regulated?