Cosmetic, Drug, or Both? Defining the Subtle Differences to Properly Promote a Product in the Market

March 29, 2019 2:00pm

What is it about?

Consumers are being inundated with products that appear to be cosmetics, but promise benefits more akin to a drug. As such, certain products can be a cosmetic, drug, or both. The FDA has defined a drug “as those products that cure, treat, mitigate or prevent disease or that affect the structure or function of the human body, if a product makes such claims it will be regulated as a drug, whereas cosmetics are defined as “products intended to beautify, promote attractiveness, alter appearance or cleanse.” In this session, our speakers will address the sometimes fine- line of difference between each product and clear up any confusion about products that may cross the line. Points of discussion will include:


  • Defining the parameters of what constitutes cosmetics, drugs, or both
  • Assessing the risk when your product has benefits of a drug
    • Recent FDA activity on products that act like a drug
  • Determining which ingredients can alter the legal status of the product