Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (Chapter VII, section 721), color additives, except coal tar hair dyes, are subject to FDA approval before they may be used in food, drugs, or cosmetics, or in medical devices that come in contact with the bodies of people or animals for a significant period of time. In addition, many of these color additives must be batch certified by FDA. The following are resources related to the certification of color additives.
- Color Certification Reports: Amounts of Color Additives Certified by FDA, Updated Quarterly
- Companies Requesting Color Certification Within the Last Two Years: Updated Semi-annually
- Color Additives Subject to Certification: From the Code of Federal Regulations
- Color Certification Procedures: From the Code of Federal Regulations
- Color Certification User Fees: From the Code of Federal Regulations
- Advisory Committee on Certified (Synthetic) Color Additives and Behavior