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Rick Scott signs bill loosening regulations on cosmetic manufacturers

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A bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott Friday would loosen regulations on more than 100 Florida cosmetic manufacturers.

CS/HB 211 removes the requirements for companies to register cosmetic products they manufacture or repackage. The bill conforms by removing registration and renewal requirements for cosmetic products, including the requirements to give registration applications, product labels, and registration and renewal fees. It will allow cosmetic manufacturers in Florida to sell cosmetics without registering such products.

Florida, along with Louisiana and Nevada, were the only states to require cosmetic registration. The law also eliminates the fee to register cosmetics.

Christine Sexton of POLITICO Florida reports that as of Fiscal Year 2016, the state had 13,024 active cosmetic product registrations with the Division of Drugs, Devices, and Cosmetics of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Cosmetic manufacturers that are physically located in Florida will still need to have an active cosmetic manufacturer permit.

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