Cosmetic Label Compliance

The definition of a cosmetic product differs from one country to another, regulations for these products differ as well.

Nexreg offers compliance services to ensure that your cosmetic products meet all regulations for shipping and sale in the country of your choice.

We’ve provided a helpful breakdown of cosmetic regulations for countries that are most often requested.

If you’re looking for further information or don’t see the country that you’re interested in contact  Nexreg. Our team of regulatory compliance experts will be happy to assist you.

US Cosmetics Regulations

The Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) defines cosmetics by their intended use, as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof, for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering appearance.”

A cosmetic is a product that is intended to create a physical effect on the human body, not a physiological effect, like a drug.


Why the service is needed? 

Cosmetic products are required to be correctly labelled before being placed on the market. The cosmetic labeling review service will ensure that your label is compliant with region-specific regulations regarding the ingredients list, and any necessary warnings or precautions that may be required. We currently offer services for the US, EU, and Canada cosmetic label reviews.

All cosmetic companies are required to market safe, and properly labeled products, without the use of prohibited ingredients. It is considered good practice to follow all industry safety recommendations and guidelines. The US regulations do not specify a certain type of Safety Assessment testing for cosmetic products or ingredients; however, it is the company’s responsibility to ensure that the product and its ingredients are safe prior to being sold on the market.

What is the service we provide?

Any new cosmetic products in the United States do not legally have to be reported to the FDA but companies are encouraged to report product formulations through the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP).

Nexreg will check all ingredients for safety against the required lists (ex: Ingredients Prohibited & Restricted, Color Additives, Prop 65, EPA, etc.) and determine the order of ingredients for declaration on the label. Ingredients should be listed by their INCI name, unless otherwise specified.

Note: According to the FDA Labeling Requirements for Cosmetics- The FDA strongly urges cosmetic manufacturers to conduct whatever toxicological or other tests are appropriate to substantiate the safety of their cosmetics.

Nexreg can provide the information for vendors that will be able to complete the Safety Assessment Testing. Based on the testing results, and upon determining if any safety warnings will apply to the product; then Nexreg will select the appropriate label warning template for the cosmetic product.

Once the label artwork has been completed by the manufacturer or distributor, Nexreg can compare this to the cosmetic label review report. The label artwork will be checked to ensure that all necessary label elements and information are present, and the statements follow the proper sizing requirements.