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Cosmetics Labeling

The following are resources on cosmetic label claims, expiration dating, ingredient names (nomenclature), and related regulatory and enforcement information.

Labeling Regulations

Proper labeling is an important aspect of putting a cosmetic product on the market. FDA regulates cosmetic labeling under the authority of both the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). Here's where to learn about labeling requirements:

Labeling Claims

Cosmetic labeling must be truthful and not misleading. Products intended to affect the structure or function of the body, or for a therapeutic purpose, such as treating or preventing disease, are subject to regulation as drugs. Here is information on claims that are sometimes made for cosmetic products: 

Expiration Dating

There are no regulations or requirements under current United States law that require cosmetic manufacturers to print expiration dates on the labels of cosmetic products, but cosmetic firms have a responsibility for the safety of their products. Here's where to learn more about shelf life and expiration dating.

Cosmetic Ingredient Names

Identifying ingredients on cosmetic labels can be a challenge. Here is information on requirements for ingredient nomenclature, labeling cosmetic products for the international market, and links to more resources.

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