Consumers of cosmetics and personal care products are protected by strong federal safety regulations under the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via the Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act. In addition, cosmetics companies work to ensure ingredient safety and are guided by a strong commitment to utilize the best science and latest available research data to substantiate the safety of a cosmetic and personal care product before it is marketed. Based on the information that is submitted to the FDA, via the Adverse Events Reporting System and other reporting mechanisms, it is important to note that only a very small percentage of cosmetics or personal care products on the market are associated with adverse events. Learn more about FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System.
In this section of CosmeticsInfo, you will learn more about the many types of personal care products that enhance health, well-being and make millions of consumers look and feel better. Each product category gives details on the typical ingredients found in each and the important role those ingredients play in ensuring a quality, safe and effective product.