- The US government does not mandate safety studies of cosmetics.
From the FDA website:
"The regulatory requirements governing the sale of cosmetics (which includes sunless self tanning lotions and products) are not as stringent as those that apply to other FDA-regulated products. Manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a product without a government review or approval."
- FDA has documented 10,500 ingredients in cosmetic products.
Only 11 percent of these ingredients have been assessed for safety by the cosmetic industry's review panel
- Effective September 2004, the EU banned the use of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.
Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC)
- US cosmetics manufacturers are not required to fully list product ingredients.