Consumer Products: Cosmetics & Personal Care

Consumer shops for lotion. Exponent consultants perform technical research of personal care and cosmetic items.

Consumer product safety relies on rigorous science

From complex ingredient sourcing and formulation, to dossier preparation, to consumer marketing support — Exponent has decades of experience providing consulting services in the personal care products industry and can help you achieve registration and notification targets as well as provide support for your product development processes.

How does Exponent's multidisciplinary approach provide more reliable regulatory and risk support for the cosmetics and personal care industry?

Globally stringent regulations on cosmetics and personal care products require rigorous scientific analysis to ensure ingredients are considered safe for intended use. Before products reach market in the EU, the Cosmetic Directive demands chemical and microbiological specification of all raw materials, adherence to strict labeling requirements, detailed technical reports, and notifications to EU authorities. Similarly, in the U.S., the FDA's Generally Recognized as Safe designation under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act stipulates that any additive or substance added to personal care or cosmetics must be thoroughly investigated and deemed safe.

Exponent's Center for Chemical Regulation & Food Safety helps you meet and exceed customer expectations for quality, safety, and sustainability in cosmetics and personal care products. Our multidisciplinary teams have decades of experience working across all areas of the personal care industry, including product development, distribution, and manufacturing of cosmetics, personal care, and household products.

In the U.S., the U.K., and other regions, the Exponent Regulatory Team can act as your designated agent or "responsible person," managing all personal care product development requirements. Additionally, Exponent assists manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in achieving compliance with global import requirements tailored to your region.

Exponent takes a step-by-step approach to your personal care and cosmetic product development so you can effectively strategize on regulatory requirements and ensure you're on the right path to market.

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