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Leading up to a Personal Care Product Council presentation at the Natural Beauty Summit America (May 14–15, 2012, New York) conference, the council's Francine Lamoriello, executive vice president, global strategies, and Farah Ahmed, chair, natural/organic cosmetics committee, discuss efforts toward harmonization of cosmetic regulations and standards, as well as the differences and similarities of U.S. and EU regulations.
Q: Are European regulations, specifically the new Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009), impacting or influencing the regulatory climate in the U.S.?
Francine Lamoriello: EC No 1223/2009 does not directly impact the way in which our products are regulated in the U.S. However, we know that FDA is aware of ongoing regulatory developments in Europe and other parts of the world, and is participating in a collaborative harmonization effort with regulators and industry from the EU, Japan and Canada—the International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR), which further exposes FDA officials to regulatory developments in these regions.
Q: Can you provide some of the key points of difference between European regulations and U.S. regulations? What is or is not regulated in the U.S.?
Lamoriello: The U.S. and EU have slightly different ways of regulating the cosmetic and personal care industry, but both systems are based in the concept of [brand owners’] responsibility for putting safe products on the market, and neither require products to be pre-approved by regulatory authorities. In-market oversight by regulators in both markets further assures consumers of the highest degree of safety.