After 3 years preparation, the Personal Care Products Council proposed a five-point plan to the FDA to be deeply involved in ingredient safety for all cosmetics sold in the United States. The plan consists of:
New enhanced registration : Manufacturers must register all facilities where their products are manufactured. The FDA requires now ALL the ingredients to be declared. The manufacturer must report adverse reactions to the FDA.
New safety Levels for trace constituents : establish safe levels for trace constituents in all cosmetic products.
New ingredient review process : determine safety of ingredients and use levels for such ingredients
New oversight of findings : review findings on the safety of ingredients and determine whether the ingredient can be used or not.
New Good Manufacturing Practices : establish industry-wide GMP requirement.
Paul Penders Co is actively involved in product registrations in various countries in the world, however, especially these in Australia and Europe are extensive, take a long time to prepare (some can take up to one year) and are extremely expensive for small companies like us.
Yet Paul Penders has its own professional R&D facilities in Langkawi UNESCO Geopark island in Malaysia, the process still require the use of independent labs and independent safety assessments as well.
We see that the FDA is going to follow suit (at least makes a start). Although we believe that some of the requirements in Europe are going too far, yet we agree too that consumers deserve the best protection and 100% transparency.