September 2, 2008

The FDA Globalization Act of 2008

Our friends over at Blooming Lotus have informed us about a new law that would impose a registration fee up to $12,000 on any company that manufactures, imports or distributes any product that you apply to your skin or hair.

The FDA Globalization Act of 2008 would make it very difficult for solopreneurs and micro businesses to comply with burdensome reporting, paperwork and extravagant fees.

Blooming Lotus says, "Is it important to provide safe cosmetics? Absolutely. We are not opposed to record keeping and safety compliance. Instead, it may leave us with no choice but to purchase from nameless, faceless corporate giants who may be a little more concerned with the bottom line than they are providing products with safe ingredients and integrity."

The trade group Indie Beauty Network is already stepping up to protect the interests of small beauty businesses. Donna Maria Coles-Johnson, leader of the Indie Beauty Network, has written a blog entry on the topic, which also includes a petition. And if you're really fired up, you can contact your representatives in the House or Senate and let them know you are opposed to the FDA Globalization Act of 2008.

CGB and Blooming Lotus would like to encourage discussion on this topic, so please feel free to post any comments or questions.

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