The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Functional Pop Beauty “F-Pop” Initiative, a project by the Agency through its Center for Cosmetics and Household/Urban Hazardous Substances Regulation and Research (CCHUHSRR), which aims to create new pathways for a more effective approach in the regulation of functional cosmetics.
Globally, with the advancements in product development and technology, and evolving consumer preferences, the field of cosmetics has been expanding to leverage against these technologies and meet consumer demand,. While the harmonization scheme in the ASEAN has definitely improved the market entry of cosmetics, it bears limitations which exclude cosmetics which are intended to provide more functional benefits.
Several jurisdictions, such as South Korea, China, and Japan through their national regulatory authorities, have introduced delineations between general cosmetics and functional cosmetics, which provided the latter a market registration pathway distinct from the categories of general cosmetics and drugs. In Thailand, regulatory reviews are currently underway for similar products, particularly, cosmeceuticals. As part of the policymaking process for the F-Pop Initiative, the Agency will be conducting workshops and activities to benchmark its regulations for functional cosmetics with these reference regulatory agencies.
Through the F-Pop Initiative, the FDA hopes that more innovative cosmetic products become available to Filipino consumers, and that the local and international cosmetic industry are supported by a sound regulatory environment for globally-competitive cosmetics.
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