As consumers, it’s important to know what measures are taken to ensure the products we use are safe and marketed legally. If we sell products, it’s even more important that we know what regulations apply to the products we sell to ensure we remain in compliance with the laws and maintain an ethical business. We at EOCSA want you to be informed consumers and business owners so we’ve compiled this document with links to help you research and do just that.
What does the FDA do? The Story of the Laws Behind the Labels
W hat products does the FDA regulate?
Consumers can play an important public health role by reporting to FDA any adverse reactions or other problems with products the agency regulates. FDA is responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled. It also oversees medicines, medical devices (from bandages to artificial hearts), blood products, vaccines, cosmetics, veterinary drugs, animal feed, and electronic products that emit radiation (such as microwave ovens and video monitors), ensuring that these products are safe and effective. (from FDA website)
Essential oils are officially classified as “cosmetics” by the FDA. As such, they are subject to FDA regulations for labeling and marketing of cosmetics. Read more about cosmetics and the regulations that apply to them at the following links.
As an ingredient, they also fall under “Aromatherapy” within the cosmetics classification.
Because some companies are marketing and selling essential oils as dietary supplements, the following information should be duly noted.
The Federal Trade Commission also governs the sale of products in the US. The following links may prove helpful.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Health & Fitness Claims – Truth In Advertising
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Consumer Information – Dietary Supplements
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Miracle Health Claims