FDA Discontinues VCRP to Prepare for Mandatory Cosmetics Registration

Cosmetic products once under the VCRP are on display.

In a constituent update released on March 27, 2023, FDA announced it has stopped accepting and processing submissions to the Voluntary Cosmetics Registration Program (VCRP).   

Instead, FDA is developing a program that cosmetic companies will use to submit facility registrations and cosmetic product listings, as required by the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA).   

Cosmetic facilities with a VCRP registration will need to resubmit their information when the new registration program is available.   

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Why Was the VCRP Discontinued?  

FDA established the VCRP in 1972 to collect information from cosmetic facilities about the cosmetic products they were distributing in the U.S.  

The program, though voluntary, continued to be the only way FDA could assess information about cosmetics businesses, product ingredients, and consumer use.  

The recent passage of MoCRA established mandatory registration and product listing requirements for cosmetic companies, negating the need for a voluntary registration program.  

FDA notes that, in anticipation of the large number of cosmetic establishments that will be registering, it’s necessary to launch a new system that can handle the inundation of submissions.  

Will VCRP Information Transfer to the New Program?  

No, data from the VCRP will not be transferred over to the new system. The data currently in VCRP will be archived by FDA without the ability for companies to change this data moving forward.  

If your cosmetic facility is already registered through the VCRP, will need to resubmit your registration information when the new program becomes available?  

All facility registrations and product listings will need to be completed even if they were entered into VCRP previously. FDA states that it will provide further updates to the industry on when the new system will go-live.  

The agency has also launched a dedicated MoCRA webpage to share updated information and to help the industry stay current as FDA moves forward with MoCRA rulemaking.  

How to Simplify Your Cosmetic Facility Registration  

The discontinuation of the VCRP comes as a surprise to the cosmetics industry. Many companies believed information would be transferred from the VCRP to the new registration program.   

Companies may find that resubmitting their registration in addition to all product listing information, will be time consuming and burdensome to allocate to internal teams.  

To make the transition easier, Registrar Corp can assist you with FDA facility registration and cosmetic product listings.  

We also provide several solutions for MoCRA’s new requirements, including serving as a domestic U.S. Agent, guidance with FDA requirements, providing innovative software solutions with Cosmetri, and much more. 

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Registrar Corp’s Regulatory Specialists help companies comply with FDA regulations for cosmetics. 

For more assistance with FDA regulatory requirements, call: +1-757-224-0177, email: info@registrarcorp.com, or chat with a Regulatory Advisor 24-hours a day: www.registrarcorp.com/livechat.

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