Steptoe has an in-depth knowledge of the regulatory frameworks for cosmetics in the US, Canada, the EEA, and China and our lawyers and regulatory professionals regularly assist clients with cosmetic regulatory compliance issues in these jurisdictions.  We also can provide some assistance, and, where necessary, coordinate work with local experts in other jurisdictions in Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe.  We assist clients with product compliance and market access, import/export, and with post market problems.  Our global knowledge and experience in cosmetic regulation allows us to provide clients with both strategic advice and advice on specific products or product problems.  Examples of the types of services we provide include: 

  • Cosmetic labeling and packaging
  • Safety substantiation for cosmetic ingredients including:
    • Testing advice
    • Risk Assessment
  • Preparation of color additive petitions to FDA
  • Opinions on compliance of ingredients and formulations
  • Navigating the cosmetic/drug interface
  • Establishment and product registration
  • Good manufacturing practice compliance
  • Adverse event reporting
  • Response to actions by regulators, including:
    • Inspections and product seizure
    • Import/export and customs issues
    • Product recalls


  • Band One, Chambers Europe, Regulatory: Environment (Europe-wide), 2014-2016
  • Tier One, Legal 500 EMEA, EU Regulatory: Chemicals, REACH (Belgium), 2011-2016
  • Tier One, Legal 500 EMEA, EU Regulatory: Environment (Belgium), 2013-2016
  • Tier One, Legal 500 EMEA, EU Regulatory: Food (Belgium), 2013-2016

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