Are cosmetics regulated more strictly in Europe than in the U.S.? Expand The United States (US) and European Union (EU) share a common goal of ensuring the safety of cosmetics for consumers through rigorous science-based regulation. MYTH: Cosmetics and personal care products are more strictly regulated in the EU and consumer are better protected. FACTS: While there may be minor differences, the manner by which the U.S. and the EU regulate the safety of cosmetics and personal care products are very similar. In the United States, the cosmetics industry is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has broad regulatory authority under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In the EU, each Member State has health authorities which regulate cosmetics within their respective national boundaries according to the European Union's Cosmetics Directive regulation. Click here for a more detailed chart comparing US and EU cosmetic regulation. As it shows, consumers in both parts of the world can feel confident that their cosmetic products are safe.