FDA Globalization Act of 2008

Aug 12, 03:06 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

If you are a user or producer of handmade soaps, lotions, bath salts, etc., you should be very concerned.

The FDA is currently working on a new act that would treat cosmetics just as if they were drugs or nutritional supplements. The FDA Globalization Act of 2008 would require all companies (of any size) producing cosmetics, personal care or beauty products to pay annual fees of $2,000 to $12,000 per product to register their products. These companies would also have to supply excessive documentation to conform to "safety" standards of the proposed new law.

No one has ever died (or suffered from cancer or birth defects) from using hand-crafted soap or lotion, but many small businesses (virtually all women-owned) will die if this act becomes law. You will no longer be able to buy their products online, in mom-and-pop retail stores, farmers markets or craft fairs. Most of the boutique soaps and beauty products stocked at your local health food store will no longer be available, since these products are produced mainly by small to medium sized businesses which will not be able to afford the funds or staffing to comply with the law.

As currently written, the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 puts extraordinary and undue stress upon thousands of small handmade cosmetics businesses, most of which are producing safe products, and most of which have gross sales of under $20,000 per year. Many of these businesses are self-financed by the owners and operate on a shoestring. The fees and paperwork required by this act would put most of these handmade beauty product companies out of business, while putting money into the hands of industry giants such as Estee Lauder and Revlon, which can easily afford compliance with the act. 

Please visit www.indiebusinessblog.com to view written and video explanations of the proposed law. Click on the link on the righthand side of the page that says FDA Petition to oppose the FDA Globalization Act of 2008, as well as leave your comments.

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