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FDA Issues Updated Information about Disposable Wipes

May 19, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released updated sets of information regarding the use and safety of disposable wipes. As defined by FDA, disposable wipes are made for baby care, hand washing, feminine and other personal cleansing, removing makeup, and applying products such as deodorants and sunless tanners, among other uses. Many wipes, but not all, are regulated as cosmetics.

The information page also provides the regulatory procedure governing disposable wipes depending on their purpose of use:

Use of Disposable Wipes Identify As Who Regulates?
Wipes intended for cleansing or moisturizing the skin, such as those for baby care, hand washing, makeup removal, washing the body when bathing is not practical, or feminine or other personal cleansing Cosmetics Regulated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act(FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA)
Wipes intended for a therapeutic purpose, such as killing germs on the skin, or treating acne, diaper rash, or other skin conditions Drug Regulated under requirements for FDA approval for safety and effectiveness before they go on the market
Wipes containing pesticides or insect repellants - Regulated by US Environmental Protection Agency
Wipes intended for disinfecting and cleansing objects in our homes, at work, the gym, and in public places - Regulated by Consumer Product Safety Commission