Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) submitted comments to the FDA outlining a framework for developing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for cosmetic products, according to a press release.
Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., president and CEO of NPA, said, “More and more, consumers are turning to natural alternatives for personal care products. Consumers have a right to know what is in the products they use every day and that those products are manufactured at the highest quality.”
According to the statement, the NPA supports the “FDA Cosmetic Safety and Modernization Act,” introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). In the NPA’s comments, Fabricant wrote that, unlike other bills intended to modernize cosmetic safety, Hatch’s bill would have been funded by Congressional appropriations instead of user fees from the industry, and would place the onus on the FDA to show that a cosmetic chemical is not injurious instead of on the manufacturers.
Dr. Fabricant pointed out that the NPA Natural Seal requires companies to be transparent, to fully disclose their ingredients, to maximize their use of recyclable and post-consumer recycled content in packaging, and to not conduct animal testing.
The NPA’s considerations, according to its comments, involve written procedures for personnel, disease control, cleanliness, and education and training; supervision/management considerations; and proper quality control and sanitation.