Source - Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | April 2023

Proposed FDA Restructuring Would Move Cosmetics under Office of Chief Scientist

A proposed U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restructuring plan seeks to move cosmetics regulation and color certification out of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and into the Office of Chief Scientist (OCS).

In late February, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf announced the agency’s plans to restructure its Human Foods Program and Office of Regulatory Affairs. The agency is also using the proposed reorganization to prepare for the late-2023 implementation of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act by moving cosmetics under OCS oversight.

“This proposed move will better align the expertise of the agency’s cosmetics subject matter experts with the Chief Scientist who is focused on research, science, and innovation that underpins the agency’s regulatory mission, and recognize the evolution and innovation in this product space,” he said in a news release. “Further, this shift will leverage the FDA’s areas of expertise across the agency as it works to implement the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022.”

The FDA is seeking to finalize its restructuring proposal in fall 2023.

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