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Summary of ICMAD's Regulatory Presentation at Cosmoprof North America
Posted: August 18, 2009
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In the U.S., the FDA is putting on muscle, both in terms of dollars and personnel. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $373 million increase to $1.99 billion for the FDA in fiscal 2010, with the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the home of the cosmetics office, scheduled to receive $783 million. Clearly, said Geffken, new FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg and deputy commissioner Josh Sharfstein, have taken active leadership roles to let the public know of their activities and, said Geffken, “we will see renewed activity.” There is a new regulatory attitude, with longer warning letters and more structured inspections already being noticed. Legislatively, the new FDA Globalization Act of 2009 was reintroduced in January, 2009, which seems to focus more heavily on food safety. The cosmetics provisions appear more uncertain.