FDA seeks to limit lead in cosmetics


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft, nonbinding guidelines that limit the amount of lead in lipstick and other cosmetics.

The agency is proposing a maximum level of 10 parts per million (ppm) of lead in products sold in the U.S. The recommendations provide cosmetic companies with “good manufacturing practices” to limit people’s lead exposure. The FDA says most cosmetic products on the market already have less than 10 ppm of lead but, “a small number contained higher amounts.”

The standards apply to products such as:

  • Lipsticks, lip glosses and lip liners
  • Eye shadows and blushes
  • Shampoos and body lotions

The FDA will issue final guidelines after a 30-day review period. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says pregnant women and children are most at risk from the harmful effects of lead. Visit FDA’s website if you’d like to submit a cosmetics complaint.