US FDA Seeks Head of Human Foods, Looks to Move Cosmetics Work

Duane Morris attorney Kelly Bonner was quoted in an article in Chemical Watch on March 3.

“The US Food and Drug Administration has started its search for a deputy commissioner for its new human foods programme, and plans to move certain cosmetics functions to another part of the agency to advance oversight of the products. […]

The inclusion of cosmetics in the proposed restructuring is “very significant”, said Kelly Bonner, associate with law firm Duane Morris.

The move will allow the FDA to implement MoCRA more efficiently and effectively, she told Chemical Watch. To this end, the agency “anticipates closer collaboration between cosmetics and other FDA subject matter experts” in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the Office of Women’s Health, she said.

“This is especially timely given growing public and legal concern over certain common cosmetic ingredients such as phthalates, or publicised recalls of certain products due to the presence of benzene,” Ms Bonner said. […]

Ms Bonner said it is still unclear how the agency plans to divide MoCRA oversight duties between the OCS and Ora. The law will require the registration of facilities and listing of products and ingredients as soon as December, while giving the FDA new enforcement authorities.”

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