WB Skinner specializes in clearing cosmetics through the myriad of government regulations in order for importers to focus their attention on their core competencies. We help cosmetics importers navigate the continually changing and often confusing FDA regulations impacting these imports.

The FDA is clear that cosmetic products imported into the United States are subject to the same laws and regulations as those produced in the United States. Under the law, some of the products commonly referred to as “personal care products” are cosmetics. These include, for example, skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye makeup, shampoos, hair color, toothpaste, and deodorants. Some, however, are regulated as drugs. Among these are skin protectants, mouthwashes marketed with therapeutic claims, antiperspirants, and treatments for dandruff or acne.

Color additives, both those subject to and exempt from certification, are subject to a strict system of approval under U.S. law [Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act1 (FD&C Act), sec. 721; 21 U.S.C. 379e]. All color additives must be approved by FDA; many cannot be used unless certified in FDA’s own laboratories. If the product has an intended use that causes it to be considered a drug, it must comply with the requirements for drugs, including establishment registration and drug listing.

According to the FDA, the most common reasons for import refusals of cosmetics are labeling violations, the illegal use of color additives, and the presence of poisonous or deleterious substances, such as pathogenic microorganisms.

WB Skinner stays fully up-to-date on changes in FDA regulations impacting the importation of cosmetics and cosmetic components.

Trust WB Skinner’s guidance to help speed your products through the importation process.