The Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program

The Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program is a program offered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic manufacturers to voluntarily submit product and ingredient information to the FDA for review and inclusion in the Cosmetic Product Ingredient Database. This program is meant to improve the safety and transparency of cosmetics on the U.S. market.

To register a cosmetic in the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program, the following steps should be followed:

  • Gather required information: Before starting the registration process, you need to gather detailed information about the cosmetic product, including its ingredients, label, and contact information for the manufacturer or distributor.
  • Obtain a U.S. FDA-assigned establishment number: Every cosmetic manufacturer must obtain an establishment number from the FDA. This number is used to identify the manufacturing location and is required for product registration.
  • Create an account in the FDA's registration and listing system: You need to create an account in the FDA's registration and listing system to submit the product information for the cosmetic.
  • Complete the product registration: After creating an account, you can complete the cosmetic product registration form by providing information such as product name, ingredients, label, and contact information.
  • Submit the registration: After completing the product registration form, you can submit it to the FDA through the registration and listing system.
  • Review and approval: After submission, the FDA will review the product registration and will approve it if it meets the regulatory requirements.
  • Note: The Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program is voluntary and is not required by law. However, it is recommended to participate in the program to demonstrate a commitment to product safety and to increase consumer confidence in the product.