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Senate Committee Passes the FDA Safety and Landmark Advancements Act

  • On June 14, 2022, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the FDA Safety and Landmark Advancements (FDASLA) Act (S. 4348) which proposes various changes to the regulation of dietary supplements and cosmetics. The legislation was originally introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on May 26, 2022 and would amend Chapter IV of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

  • Specifically, in regard to dietary supplements, the Act would require that companies list their products with the FDA.  The information required to be submitted in connection with the listing includes the name of the supplement; the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor appearing on the label, and contact information for the owner or operator; the business name and mailing address of all locations in which the dietary supplement is manufactured, packaged, labeled, or held; a list of all ingredients in each supplement; the number of servings per container; directions for use; warnings, notice, and safe handling statements; allergen statements; any health or structure/function claims; and the dietary supplement product listing number. Subject to limited exceptions, this information would be made publicly available in a searchable electronic database.

  • The Act also proposes changes to the regulation of cosmetics. These include (1) adverse event reporting requirements; (2) the establishment of good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for cosmetics facilities; (3) registration and product listing requirements; (4) requirements to maintain records supporting the safety of the cosmetic product; (5) a labeling requirement to include contact information for adverse event reporting; (6) requirement to have records accessible to FDA if there is a reasonable belief that the product (or ingredients therein) presents a threat of serious adverse health consequences; and (7) a mandatory recall authority. In establishing GMP regulations, FDA is directed to consider the size and scope of the cosmetics manufacturer, the risks to public health, and to provide flexibility for different types of facilities. Currently, there is a GMP checklist for cosmetics manufacturers to follow for inspections, but no regulations have been promulgated.

  • Mandatory listing requirements for dietary supplement companies and strengthening of dietary supplement regulation have previously been considered by the FDA.

© 2022 Keller and Heckman LLPNational Law Review, Volume XII, Number 179
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