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    Penny
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    “That Moisturizer You’re Slathering on Your Face Isn’t Regulated”
    http://fortune.com/2017/06/27/fda-cosmetics-regulations/

    I for one would like to see North America have safety assessments or at the very least if one wishes to sell a mandatory sign up of some sort where one would have to register their products with a government body (FDA/Health Canada).

    What do you think about this topic? Or how would you like to see it all changed?

    #23389
    Joyful
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    In Canada, you have to register all cosmetics before selling, and include every ingredient with the percentage used. You also have to have an actual company, since to register, it asks for your company name.

    #23390
    Penny
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    Good morning Joyful!
    I was under the impression that Canada was voluntary for registering ones ingredients? That restores some of my faith in Canada! Woot!
    Thanks!

    #23391
    Joyful
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    Good morning Penny 🙂

    No, it’s not voluntary. You have to register every cosmetic product that you want to sell, otherwise you can get a big fine. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/consumer-product-safety/cosmetics/notification-cosmetics.html

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    #23398
    BelindaSK
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    Since I don’t sell my products, I don’t know all the laws here in the US. I have been reading about changes coming, though, due to all the small business crafters selling products that aren’t registered with the FDA. I do know that registering with the FDA is voluntary as of now. You have a legal obligation to properly label your product, use GMP, and insure that your product is safe for its intended use. That, of course, leaves the door open for some to interpret safety as they see fit. So, these people who think “preservative free” water based products are safe since preservatives and “chemicals” are the devil, well…….need I say more?!? I have seen stuff sold here that I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole!!

    #23401
    Artistalisa
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    I live in the United States. I don’t sell stuff and have only recently started making my own stuff. I evaluate what I’m buying based a lot on the Environmental Working Groups ratings. I’m not a scientist so I have to rely on others to do that research for me. I definitely wish there were more regulations of cosmetics and also herbal supplements. But I’m guessing it all comes down to money. Takes money to regulate and govern such things so who pays for that? You could try and make the companies pay to get certified but then that could potentially become a big burden on small DIY people.

    And honestly much of regulation in the US is complaint driven, not a certifying or regulating everyone kind of thing. I mean if you’ve ever watched some of Gordon Ramsey’s shows and seen some of the disgusting stuff that happens in restaurants it is because they can get away with it. Restaurants aren’t often visited to see if there is compliance within the law. Once they are open they are open. If you complain to the health department a restaurant could get inspected but they aren’t inspected regularly. At least that is the case in Oregon. May vary state to state.

    I do wish we took more care with inspections of food, cosmetics etc. But we’d have to somehow get the government to set up regulating bodies and create laws to do this and it seem like, at least in this country, we don’t value that. I’m sure if legislators tried to pass laws there would be strong opposition from lobbyists and I often notice that lobbyists win.

    #23416
    BelindaSK
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    I find Marie, Swift Crafty Monkey, LisaLise, Beauty Brains, Chemist’s Corner, Lab Muffin, and Making Skincare far more reliable on the science end than the EWG/Skin Deep site. Their science tends to lean towards the fear-mongering, which I have issues with.

    In regards to the FDA, I compare them to the laws and law enforcement in this country. No one makes you break laws. It is your own sense of what is right and moral that does that. Well, we know not everyone has a moral compass or a healthy fear of “if I break the law, I will be punished and I don’t want to go to jail”. The FDA was created to step in when someone does harm to another through their products (simplified, I know, but I don’t want to make this an epic novel. Haha). I have read plenty of stories of vendors getting a visit from the FDA and what was involved. But, just like the police can’t catch every criminal, neither can the FDA catch every person selling products that are considered harmful, illegal, whatever. It seems people want stricter regulations regarding these things, yet the small business owners whine and complain that the FDA is too strict/time consuming/expensive/etc with all the hoops they have to jump through now. So, from everything I’ve read, it seems that some want stricter regulations except for when it pertains to them and their business. What I find funny in all of this, is nine times out of ten, these complaints/comments are coming from these so-called “natural” sites/blogs. I find that pretty ironic. Also, ten times out of ten, I find that the unsafe products are being sold in farmer’s markets, craft fairs, personal websites, and on Etsy, not in retail stores. I can’t even tell you how many unpreserved, water containing products I’ve found being sold by small businesses. So, on the flip side, do I have a moral obligation to turn these businesses in to the FDA for selling unsafe products? I’d be interested in everyone’s thoughts.

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