About MoCRA

What is MoCRA?

MoCRA is the Modernization of Cosmetic Regulations Act of 2022. It was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on December 29, 2022, as part of the huge spending bill for the year. It is the first major update to the cosmetics laws since the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was first approved in 1938.

Ensuring the safety of cosmetic products sold in the United States is the key concern of MoCRA. It also gives the FDA some additional authority that was overlooked when the law was written in 1938.

The sections of MoCRA each address different cosmetic safety issues which will go into effect over the next 1 – 4 years. As a result of our work over the last ten years, small businesses are exempt from several of the requirements of MoCRA.

What Why When
Serious adverse events must be reported. Cosmetic companies didn’t have to tell if their products had serious adverse health events. As of Dec 29, 2023
Labels must include information to report a serious adverse event. A label without a street address doesn’t provide sufficient information for a person to make a report. As of Dec 29, 2024
Safety substantiation required for cosmetic products. Cosmetics are supposed to be safe, but no substantiation was required. As of Dec 29, 2023.
FDA to identify fragrance allergens which must be included in the ingredient declaration if they are present. Potential fragrance allergens could be withheld from disclosure by cosmetic manufacturers. Proposed rule by June 29, 2024
Final Rule 6 months after the comment period closes. Effective date sometime after that.
Products for professional use require ingredient declaration Disclosing ingredients for professional products was not required and resulted in health issues As of Dec 29, 2023

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