IBA offers valuable technical and regulatory assistance to access the U.S. market successfully. The regulatory landscape can differ significantly from other global markets, and it is the responsibility of the manufacturer or marketer of imported cosmetics to ensure complete regulatory compliance. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require pre-market approval of cosmetics, imported cosmetics must comply with the same laws and regulations as domestically produced and distributed products.

IBA’s expertise and resources can help importers understand their obligations in the following areas to avoid customs clearance refusals and regulatory enforcement action:

  • Product classification (Is your product a cosmetic, drug, dietary supplement, or medical device?)
  • Color additive regulations
  • Product testing and claim substantiation requirements
  • GMP guidelines
  • Labeling requirements
  • State-specific legislation
  • And much more!

Helpful Online Resources for First Time Importers:
FDA: Importing Cosmetics into the United States FAQ
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Tips for New Importers and Exporters
Federal Trade Commission: Advertising and Marketing Basics