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Consumer Confidence Is More Than a Formula

Johnson & Johnson has long-supported legislation to modernize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory authority over cosmetics and personal care products. We believe cosmetic reform is essential to provide consumers with confidence and peace of mind about the products they choose for themselves and their families.

We remain committed to cosmetic reform and will continue working with Congress and U.S. FDA to advance meaningful change.

Johnson & Johnson supports robust, consistent frameworks for the regulation of cosmetics.

We believe that in order to best serve consumers, families, healthcare professionals, as well as our employees and the public, we need a regulatory framework for cosmetics that is consistent, reflects modern science and advancements in personal care product technology.

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of consumers and maintaining their trust in our products.

Our support for cosmetics reform is aimed at improving consumer confidence about the safety of these products and reassuring consumers’ peace of mind everywhere our products are sold.

In the United States, we support the modernization of FDA’s regulatory authority; bringing peace of mind to consumers across the country.

We believe the U.S. FDA is the best authority for determining and enhancing the health and well-being of consumers by regulating the safety of ingredients and enforcing standards for cosmetics, which includes personal care products.

How are personal care products in the US regulated today?

Since 1938, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act has provided the FDA with the authority to regulate cosmetics and personal care products. Currently, the U.S. regulatory framework is a complex system of federal & state government regulations, various court rulings, scientific guidelines, independent safety reviews and industry-self-regulation.

There are essentially three main components to the current US cosmetic regulatory system:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Cosmetic Ingredient Review Consumer Commitment Code

In 1938, Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, giving authority to the U.S. FDA to oversee the safety of food, drugs, and cosmetics. FDA’s authority over cosmetics is different from their authority over other products they regulate, such as pharmaceutics or medical devices.

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) was established in 1976 by the industry trade association with the participation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Federation of America. The CIR is the industry-funded panel that ensures the safety of the ingredients used in cosmetics today. Its meetings are open to the public and its findings and minutes are publicly available on its website.

In 2007, the Personal Care Products Council adopted the Consumer Commitment Code for the cosmetic industry. The code builds on the safety standards published by the CIR and adds new responsibilities including reporting of the Safety Information Summary Program that makes cosmetic product and ingredient safety information readily available to the FDA upon request, and adverse event reporting to the FDA.

Our Safety Standards

Cosmetics are among the safest category of products regulated by U.S. FDA. FDA has significant authority to ensure the safety of cosmetics today, but clarifying that authority and the information it receives provides additional protection and confidence for the public.

While the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act regulates our products, at Johnson & Johnson, our products are designed to meet or exceed current regulatory requirements wherever they are sold. Some of the steps we take to ensure the highest safety and quality of our products include:

  • We take responsibility in ensuring the safety of all our products, taking them through our stringent five-level safety assurance process.
  • We conduct specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products and their ingredients.
  • We regularly share our safety information with health authorities like the US FDA.
  • We register our products with US FDA.
  • Most importantly, we voluntarily report adverse events and make those reports available to the US FDA.

Our heritage as a healthcare company inspires us to maintain the highest standards and approach developing personal care products from a scientific & evidence-based perspective.


What We Support

Johnson & Johnson is committed to working with regulatory bodies, policy makers, industry, healthcare professionals and consumers to continue improving cosmetic regulations to best serve the public health and give consumers confidence.

We support a federal framework for the regulation of cosmetics that will significantly update US cosmetic regulation for the first time in more than 80 years.

We support legislation that will…

Require the registration of manufacturing facilities for cosmetic & personal care products

Require industry to report serious adverse events to FDA

Standardize Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for cosmetics & personal care products

Grant the FDA mandatory recall authority

We support U.S. FDA authority to determine the safety of cosmetic and personal care product ingredients.

We advocate for legislation that specifies FDA standards on individual ingredients would preempt action on those same ingredients at the state level, in order to avoid conflicting regulations across the country.