The Drugs and Medical Devices Unit is responsible for ensuring that cosmetics are properly labeled and do not contain harmful additives. We also ensure that the manufacturers and distributors of cosmetics do not make unsubstantiated or fraudulent claims about their products. In order to accomplish this objective, inspections of these facilities are conducted on an as needed basis. In addition, the Unit provides technical assistance to manufacturers and distributors, answers inquiries from consumers and investigates complaints involving possible violations of the state requirements for cosmetic products.
Cosmetic manufacturers and distributors are not required to license with DSHS, nor are they required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
For information on topics related to cosmetics, please see the links below:
- Certificates of Free Sale / Origin
- Drug Manufacturers and Distributors
- Salvage Establishments and Brokers
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