Senate HELP Floats Draft For US Cosmetics Reform; Top Trade Groups Hustle To Respond
Bundled within the draft FDA Safety and Landmark Enhancements Act are federal cosmetics reform provisions that would require facility registration and product listings with the US FDA, adverse event reporting and good manufacturing practices, while empowering the agency to order product recalls, access company records, and suspend dangerous operations.
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