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The regulatory body defines cosmetics as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance." This definition includes products such as skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup preparations, shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, toothpastes, and deodorants, as well as any material intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product.

Cosmetic companies has to register in the United States through FDA's Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP). The VCRP assists FDA in carrying out its responsibility to regulate cosmetics. FDA uses the information to evaluate cosmetic products on the market. Because product filings and establishment registrations are not mandatory, voluntary submissions provide FDA with the best information available about cosmetic products and ingredients, their frequency of use, and businesses engaged in their manufacture and distribution (Federal Register, vol. 73, p. 76360, and vol. 69, p. 9339).

​Cosmetic Products Include

STS Cosmetic Consulting team of experts can offer formulation development support from a brief concept all the way through to launch. STS Cosmetic Consulting team specializes in research and development, custom formulation, manufacturing, packaging, and design. STS Cosmetic Consulting team can aid in cosmetic safety assessment, independent analytical and microbiological testing.  We can recommend and oversee contract manufacturers to ensure production of the best quality in the most cost-effective service.

With more than 30 years of experience, team can guiding through all aspects of research, development, formulation and manufacturing process in compliance with regulations.  

  • Perform safety and exposure assessments
  • Prepare and submit color additive petitions
  • Develop compliant labels
  • Review product claims
  • Provide import/export advice
  • Evaluate ingredients for Proposition 65 compliance
  • Assist with the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP)