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Cosmetics Plant Random Security Checks Suggested In FDA Guidance

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Random cosmetic plant security inspections are recommended by FDA in a draft guidance for cosmetics processors and transporters announced by the agency March 19

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Cosmetic security guidance

FDA finalizes draft security guidance for cosmetics processors and transporters without revision following public comment period, the agency announces in Dec. 17 Federal Register notice. Draft guidance, released in March along with food security measures, recommended random cosmetic plant security inspections, inspection of incoming materials for signs of tampering, damage or counterfeiting, and development of a recall strategy (1"The Rose Sheet" March 24, 2003, p. 6) In comments to the agency, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association said it supports FDA's efforts, but noted the guidance may not be applicable to every company in the cosmetics industry (2"The Rose Sheet" June 2, 2003, In Brief)...

Cosmetic security guidance

FDA finalizes draft security guidance for cosmetics processors and transporters without revision following public comment period, the agency announces in Dec. 17 Federal Register notice. Draft guidance, released in March along with food security measures, recommended random cosmetic plant security inspections, inspection of incoming materials for signs of tampering, damage or counterfeiting, and development of a recall strategy (1"The Rose Sheet" March 24, 2003, p. 6) In comments to the agency, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association said it supports FDA's efforts, but noted the guidance may not be applicable to every company in the cosmetics industry (2"The Rose Sheet" June 2, 2003, In Brief)...

CTFA on security

"It is very important to emphasize" FDA's draft security guidance for cosmetics processors and transporters should not be considered minimum standards that every cosmetics company must meet, Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association states in May 20 comments to the agency. "Because of the diversity of the industry, all of the guidance may not be applicable to every company, CTFA adds. Association claims FDA's guidelines are "remarkably consistent" with its own Product Security and Tampering Incident guidelines and says it supports efforts by FDA to encourage regulated industries to be attentive to product security. FDA's draft guidelines, released in March, recommend random plant security inspections (1"The Rose Sheet" March 24, 2003, p. 6)...

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