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Advocacy

Consumer Confidence Is More Than a Formula

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health has long-supported legislation to modernize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory authority over cosmetics and personal care products. We believe cosmetic reform is essential to provide consumers with confidence and peace of mind about the products they choose for themselves and their families.

We remain committed to cosmetic reform and will continue working with Congress and U.S. FDA to advance meaningful change.

Johnson & Johnson supports robust, consistent frameworks for the regulation of cosmetics.

We believe that in order to best serve consumers, families, healthcare professionals, as well as our employees and the public, we need a regulatory framework for cosmetics that is consistent, reflects modern science and advancements in personal care product technology.

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of consumers and maintaining their trust in our products.

Our support for cosmetics reform is aimed at improving consumer confidence about the safety of these products and reassuring consumers’ peace of mind everywhere our products are sold.

In the United States, we support the modernization of FDA’s regulatory authority; bringing peace of mind to consumers across the country.

We believe the U.S. FDA is the best authority for determining and enhancing the health and well-being of consumers by regulating the safety of ingredients and enforcing standards for cosmetics, which includes personal care products.

How are personal care products in the US regulated today?

Since 1938, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act has provided the FDA with the authority to regulate cosmetics and personal care products. Currently, the U.S. regulatory framework is a complex system of federal & state government regulations, various court rulings, scientific guidelines, independent safety reviews and industry-self-regulation.

There are essentially three main components to the current US cosmetic regulatory system:

Our Safety Standards

Cosmetics are among the safest category of products regulated by U.S. FDA. FDA has significant authority to ensure the safety of cosmetics today; however, we support the development of a more robust and consistent regulatory framework for cosmetics to provide additional protection and confidence for the public.

While the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act regulates our products, at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, our products are designed to meet or exceed current regulatory requirements wherever they are sold. Some of the steps we take to ensure the safety and quality of our products include:

We take responsibility in ensuring the safety of all our products, taking them through our stringent five-level safety assurance process.

We conduct specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products and their ingredients.

We regularly share our safety information with health authorities, like US FDA.

We register our products with U.S. FDA, as required.

Most importantly, we voluntarily report adverse events and make those reports available to the U.S. FDA.

Our heritage as a healthcare company inspires us to maintain the highest standards and approach developing personal care products from a scientific & evidence-based perspective.

What We Support

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health is committed to working with regulatory bodies, policy makers, industry, healthcare professionals, and consumers to continue improving cosmetic regulations to best serve the public health and give consumers confidence.

We support a federal framework for the regulation of cosmetics that will significantly update U.S. cosmetic regulation for the first time in more than 80 years.

Require the registration of manufacturing facilities for cosmetic & personal care products.

Require industry to report serious adverse events to FDA.

Standardize good manufacturing practices (GMPS) for cosmetics & personal care products.

Grant the FDA mandatory recall authority.

We support U.S. FDA authority to determine the safety of cosmetic and & personal care product ingredients.

We advocate for legislation that specifies FDA standards on individual ingredients would preempt action on those same ingredients at the state level, in order to avoid conflicting regulations across the country.