The HSMG has submitted a petition that needs your voice.
In mid-2012, the HSMG submitted a citizen’s petition to the US FDA requesting a change in the law to make a PO box acceptable on cosmetic product labels in lieu of a street address. The FDA confirmed receipt in August and has been collecting public comments on the petition prior to issuing a response, expected in the first quarter of 2013.
Current FDA regulations state that the business name and address must be on the product label. The business street address is required unless the business is listed in a printed city directory or telephone directory, in which case only the city, state and zip code are required on the product label.
Why You Care
The issue of being required to put your street address on your product labels has been brought to our attention many times over the past year. The general consensus is that this requirement poses an inconvenience and a safety risk to those with home-based businesses. Due to safety concerns and changes in the ways consumers search for business info, we believe allowing a PO box on cosmetic labels to be good common sense while mitigating some of the security risks that soapmakers undertake today in publishing their street addresses on product labels.
Share Your Voice
Here’s where we need your help. The FDA is still collecting comments on this petition, so your thoughts and real-life examples will help determine the future of our PO box request. Go to the petition here and click “Comment Now!” to submit your comment.
Find out more:
>>For an in-depth explanation, see Anne-Marie’s post on the Soap Queen blog.
>>Read the petition in full here.
Let the FDA know how you feel about the current labeling requirements!