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FDA Basics

A girl giving her friend a manicureCosmetic products are regulated by FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). CFSAN is responsible for assuring that cosmetics are safe and properly labeled.

Do You Know…If FDA Approves Cosmetics?

FDA does not approve cosmetics, although we do approve color additives used in cosmetics. It is the responsibility of cosmetic manufacturers to ensure, before marketing their products, that the products are safe when used as directed in their label or under customary conditions of use. More…

FDA Basics Videos

Linda KatzWatch a video about ensuring that cosmetics used in the United States are safe

Dr. Linda Katz, director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, talks about FDA's role in monitoring the safety of cosmetics and color additives.

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