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FDA to Enforce Antiaging Cosmetic Claims

The FDA Is Cracking Down on Cosmetics Claims

If you've ever bought a product that promised to have sunscreen or be antiaging only to wind up with a sunburn and no noticeably wrinkle-free skin, you'll be happy to know that the FDA is about to start taking action. It's considered illegal for a brand to say that its product counteracts or controls the aging process, and that's exactly why the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is launching a major initiative to begin enforcing drug claims on imported cosmetics, which include SPF, antiaging, and antiwrinkle claims.

FDA warning letters have already been sent out to several large firms, and just last month, several products were put on the agency's Import Alert #66-38, a watch list of cosmetic manufacturers who have been found to import cosmetics that carry drug claims. I don't expect to see big changes immediately, but it will be interesting to see just how far the FDA will go with its enforcement. What do you think? Will this initiative ever get off the ground, or is it a good idea, but too difficult to enforce?

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brennaelizabeth3 brennaelizabeth3 7 years
Thank god companies can't just get away with that!
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
about time! i find some of claims made by certain beauty products to be crazy! i don't understand whether the FDA will be enforcing all claims or just "drug" claims (whatever that means); would those ridiculous cellulite/weight loss creams finally be shelved?
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
How about cracking down on cosmetic ingredients? That is where my concern is placed. You can remove certain claims from SPF bottles however people will still buy the product without being aware that the toxic active sunscreens being used are doing them harm.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 7 years
Agreed postmodern!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
FINALLY. I hope they really crack down on this because the false claims that so many products use annoys me. I'm one of those people that really researches a product before I buy it, so I've known about the entire giant joke that is "anti-aging", but some women do not have the time to fully research everything they buy. And the sunscreen thing especially annoys me.
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