Cosmetics are items that are designed to alter the appearance or enhance the attractiveness of a person. These items are governed under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law (LSA R.S. 40: 601 et seq.). Soap is specifically excluded from the regulatory definition of human cosmetic products. Wholesale manufacturers or distributors of cosmetic products in the state of Louisiana are required to be permitted by the Food and Drug Unit and cosmetics distributed in Louisiana are required to be registered under the department's Product Registration program.



With the passage of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022, FDA has ceased accepting submissions to its Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program. In the near future, cosmetics manufacturers will be required to register their facilities with the federal Food and Drug Administration and provide specific information regarding products and ingredients to that agency. This page will be updated as FDA provides additional guidance to regulators and industry.

FDA Guide to Cosmetic Labelling

Plans Review Packet - a packet can be downloaded here under "Plans Packet for Cosmetics Manufacturers or Warehouses"