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 in the U.S. Participation in the program is a key component of the Personal Care Products Council's (Council) Consumer Commitment Code.
How It Works:The VCRP helps FDA in its mission to protect consumers, while also helping cosmetic manufacturers and distributors make informed decisions. Information collected by the FDA VCRP includes company and parent company names, type of product, brand name of product, ingredient and chemical name, discontinuance of a product and other key data.
Benefits for Consumers:Based on information received through the VCRP, FDA can determine if a cosmetic ingredient being used is harmful and should be removed from product use and then notify the manufacturers and distributors of affected products by using the VCRP database.
TThe VCRP also supports the independent safety evaluation of cosmetic ingredients. Information from the VCRP database assists the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel in determining its priorities for ingredient safety reviews.