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Importing "Organic" products UPDATE 2024

Importing organic products USDA AMS (Agricultural Marketing Service) will begin stronger enforcement of products labeled as “organic”. First phase implementation is scheduled to start on 03/19/2024. {National Organic Program} N.O.P. certificates will be required as part of the Customs/USDA entry documents. There are two types: 1. Operational (overseas vendors and authorized agents) 2. Importer Overseas vendors will need to provide a certificate from the organic integrity database. NOP import Certificates will have a 21 digit certificate number. USDA AMS will not hold shipments as they process through US Customs. All requests for proper documentation will come directly from USDA AMS. Customs Brokers will need to have the overseas vendor’s NOP certificate in their entry file to produce if requested. Importers will need to make sure that they are registered and be able to provide the import certificate if requested. For information and questions, please contact: Jennifer Tucker Ph.D. Deputy Administrator National Organic Program email: NOP.guidance@usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-3252

Update to Monetary Guidelines for Setting Bond Amounts

Bonds are required for a wide range of transactions and activities, and are the primary tool used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to safeguard U.S. revenue and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. It is imperative that the trading public have the information needed to properly submit those bonds to CBP.

Registration & Listing of Cosmetic Product Facilities and Products Effective 7/01/2024

Manufacturers and processors must register their facilities with FDA and renew their registration every two years. FDA has the authority to suspend a facility’s registration if the agency determines that a cosmetic product manufactured or processed by the registered facility and distributed in the United States has a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans, and the agency has a reasonable belief that other products manufactured or processed by the facility may be similarly affected because of a failure that cannot be isolated to a product or products, or is sufficiently pervasive to raise concerns about other products manufactured in the facility. If a facility’s registration is suspended, it is a prohibited act to distribute or sell (or otherwise introduce or deliver into commerce) in the United States cosmetic products from the facility. Congress recently passed the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MoCRA). This new US law requires most cosmetic manufacturers that export cosmetics to the US to register with FDA. Further, for each cosmetic product marketed in the US, the responsible person (which may be a US Company) must submit a cosmetic product listing to FDA. MoCRA has additional regulations for adverse event reporting, fragrances and allergens, as well as GMPs that will be required for companies selling cosmetics into the US in the coming years. As specialists in FDA regulations, Registrar Corp has created a FREE tool called the "MoCRA Wizard" to help Cosmetic Importers and Exporters know which (if any) of the new MoCRA Requirements applies to them. Feel free to forward the Free MoCRA Wizard link to your Importers and Exporters of Cosmetics: https://www.registrarcorp.com/resources/free-tools/mocra-wizard/form/

Federal Holidays

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