Cosmetics

Science & Research

FDA scientists conduct cosmetic safety research and stay abreast of research by scientists elsewhere, because any action FDA takes on cosmetic safety must be based on reliable information.

Under U.S. law, cosmetic products and ingredients do not need FDA approval before they go on the market. The one exception is color additives (other than coloring materials used in coal-tar hair dyes), which must be approved for their intended use. Companies and individuals who market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. In order to take action for safety reasons against a cosmetic on the market, we need reliable information showing that it is unsafe when consumers use it according to the directions in the labeling or in the customary or expected way.

In this section, you will find:

  • Product Testing: At-a-glance information on cosmetic testing, for consumers and industry
  • Nanotechnology: Links to information and resources for consumers and industry
  • Research Projects: An overview of FDA research related to cosmetic safety

Page Last Updated: 06/05/2014
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