FDA/Company Cosmetic Registration Program

How It Works

Cosmetic and personal care products companies voluntarily participate in the FDA Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP) This program collects important information on manufacturers, packers, and distributors of cosmetic products that are in commercial distribution in the United States and applies to all cosmetic products sold domestically. Participation in the program is a key component of the Personal Care Products Council's (Council) Consumer Commitment Code.

The VCRP assists FDA in carrying out its responsibility to regulate cosmetics. FDA uses the information to evaluate cosmetic products on the market. Because product filings and establishment registrations are not mandatory, voluntary submissions provide FDA with the best information available about cosmetic products and ingredients, their frequency of use, and businesses engaged in their manufacture and distribution (Federal Register, vol. 73, p. 76360, and vol. 69, p. 9339).

Information from the VCRP database also has been used by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel, an independent panel of scientific and medical experts, to assist the CIR Expert Panel in assessing ingredient safety and determining priorities for ingredient safety review (Federal Register, vol. 73, p. 76360). FDA representatives attend CIR meetings in a non-voting capacity. By participating in the VCRP, cosmetic and personal care companies are supporting these safety review processes.

Benefits for Consumers

If FDA were to determine that a cosmetic ingredient is harmful and should be removed from product use, information received through the VCRP can help FDA identify and notify the manufacturers and distributors of affected products.