A cosmetic is defined as a beauty preparation (make-up, perfume, skin cream, nail polish) or grooming aid (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant). A cosmetic includes any substance or mixture of substances manufactured, sold or represented for use in cleansing, improving or altering the complexion, skin, hair or teeth, including deodorants and perfume.
Some cosmetic products are regulated as drugs if they have a therapeutic effect on your body, such as preventing or controlling disease. For example fluoride-containing toothpastes, sunscreens, and antiperspirants are all regulated as drugs and require a Drug Identification Number (DIN) because they may help to prevent a disease (cavities), abnormal physical state (sunburn), or modify an organic function (perspiration).
Deeth Williams Wall LLP can advise clients on cosmetics, and can help clients navigate the process from initial application through to approval and subsequent sale.