The FDA appears to be prepping for cosmetics regulatory changes for how cosmetic ingredients are reviewed for safety.
Background: As you know the FDA has limited oversight over ingredient safety leaving it up to each brand to substantiate the safety of ingredients in their products. For several years Congress has been working to pass legislation that would require FDA to review the safety of cosmetics ingredients, taking into account evaluations conducted by accredited third parties.
Current Happenings: Earlier this month, the FDA issued a RFP (request for proposal) from the contractor community to develop a "hazard and risk assessment standard/protocol that can be used to evaluate the safety of cosmetic ingredients along with a program that uses the standard/protocol to certify the safety of cosmetic ingredients."
What It Means: First, the FDA is really starting to see and feel the pressure from consumers. Second, they are realizing that they must be proactive and not wait for Congress to make better processes and programs to ensure the safety of the ingredients that we use every day in our skincare routines.
Proof: See the RFP here: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Ingredient RFP
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