You have probably heard of the FDA Globalization Act of 2008. If not, briefly it is legislation intended to increase the security and safety of food, drugs and medical devices. Cosmetics seem to be somewhat of an afterthought, but they are still included. The way it is currently being written, it which would require, amongst other things, annual registration of cosmetic manufacturers (at $2,000 per year) and burdensome reporting on all products being manufactured.
While it won’t impact the manufacture of soap, it is likely to impact most soapmakers because a large percentage of soapmakers also make cosmetics of some kind or another. Therefore, the HSMG is taking an active position in opposition to the FDA Globalization Act.
Our industry is a fairly large one. An active grass-roots effort to communicate the devastation that could be caused as a result of this Act can be an effective way to get it appropriately changed or even killed.
If every soapmaker and every small cosmetics manufacturer takes the time to write to their legislators and the committees responsible for the Act, it CAN make a difference. I urge you to take a few moments read up and then take any actions you can to help get it stopped.
Please feel free to pass the website address on to anyone you know who might be able to help and to any groups or lists you are a part of. The more people who take action, the better it will be.
Marie Gale, President HSMG