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Datamyne Blog

Covering trade & transport, with tips on using import-export data to advantage

Cosmetic Trick

Category: Resources

One tiny label can cover US FDA & Canadian & EU requirements

by Peter Quinter, guest columnist

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict labeling requirements for cosmetic products. One area that consistently causes confusion among companies that distribute cosmetic products to countries on different continents is the area of labeling. Different products have different labeling requirements depending on the application of the product, the type of ingredient being labeled, the size of the product, and the country to which the product will be shipped. For example, the rules regarding how to describe color additives for products entering the US are different than those for Canada and Europe.

Fortunately, it is possible to comply with the labeling requirements for the US as well as Canada and Europe using only one label. In fact, it can even be accomplished with a product bearing a label as small as that of mascara. Accomplishing this is greatly beneficial to these companies because they can take advantage of economies of scale and taper production costs by merely having one label printed to be distributed to several countries. However, this is a delicate maneuver that, if not done properly, will likely result in seizure and detention by the FDA or a foreign country’s equivalent agency. This will cause delays in the shipments, and may cause civil penalties and forfeiture of the products.

To avoid this common mistake and take advantage of the fact that one label may be used throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, you should contact an attorney well versed in the FDA regulations. Taking this precautionary measure is an investment in greater profits and peace of mind.

Please call or email me with any questions or comments.

Copyright © 2011, Becker & Poliakoff

About Peter Quinter

10 May 2012: Peter Quinter is now a Shareholder in the law firm of GrayRobinson and Chair of the firm’s Customs & International Trade Law Group. Based in the firm’s Miami and Ft. Lauderdale offices, Quinter principally represents persons and companies involved in international trade and transport. Editor of the GrayRobinson Customs and International Law Blog, Quinter is widely recognized for his expertise in international and trade law.

You can contact Peter Quinter at [email protected] or at (954) 270-1864.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of its author and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views or Descartes Datamyne. In addition, this article is for general information purposes only and it’s not intended to provide legal advice or opinions of any kind and my not be used for professional or commercial purposes. No one should act, or refrain from acting, based solely on this article without first seeking appropriate legal or other professional advice.

Date posted: November 18, 2011

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