U. S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Office of Cosmetics Fact Sheet
February 3, 1995
While the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not recognize the term
"cosmeceutical," the cosmetic industry has begun to use this word
to refer to cosmetic products that have drug-like benefits.
The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines drugs as those products
that cure, treat, mitigate or prevent disease or that affect the
structure or function of the human body. While drugs are subject to
an intensive review and approval process by FDA, cosmetics are not
approved by FDA prior to sale. If a product has drug properties,
it must be approved as a drug.