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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

About FDA

Evaluating and Improving our Cosmetics Web Content

Description: The Cosmetics section of www.fda.gov is an essential resource for both consumers and industry. FDA does not have premarket approval authority for cosmetic products and ingredients, with the exception of color additives. FDA's authority is postmarket, and cosmetic firms have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety and proper labeling of their products. Providing industry with the information needed to stay in compliance and for consumers to make informed choices is therefore a key component of ensuring the safety of cosmetics on the market in this country. As an added benefit, if stakeholders can find the information they need more easily, they are likely to submit fewer inquiries that require individual responses. This would free up FDA resources for other public health priorities. Thus, efforts to upgrade cosmetics Web resources fit FDA's priorities in improving services to stakeholders, maintaining transparency, and maximizing the effective use of resources.

Briefing Status: ON TRACK

Prior Briefing Status: ON TRACK

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Improve content, minimize drill down (layers of subdivisions), evaluate and improve information architecture


Completed 2/22/2013

B. Propose top priorities for improving content, based on stakeholder requests (top priority areas include Imports, FDA Authority, Soap, Exports, and FAQs for start-ups)


Completed 3/15/2013

C. Identify top priorities for minimizing drill down


Completed 3/15/2013

D. Schedule teleconference with Office of Analytics and Outreach to discuss cost and potential contract components for information architecture evaluation


Completed 3/31/2013

E. Update Imports (top priority area) Information


Completed 3/2/2013

F. Schedule meeting with OCAC management for debriefing on OAO meeting


Completed 4/14/2013

G. Draft updates to FDA Authority Over Cosmetics (top priority area)


Completed 5/13/2013

H. Draft updates to document on Soap (top priority area)


Completed 6/13/2013

I. Draft updates to Exporting Cosmetics (top priority area)


Completed 6/3/2013

J. Complete stakeholder surveys and interviews, finalize content interview, develop draft content strategy, draft wireframes


Completed 12/31/2013

K. Present recommendations to management


Completed 2/13/2014

L. Create implementation plan and schedule


Completed 2/23/2014

M. Content Migration


Completed 3/24/2014

N.Training in maintaining new site


Completed 3/3/2014

O.Presentation to management of completed task order


On Track

Key Projects Legend

Milestone StatusDefinition
Not Yet StartedWork for specific milestone has not yet been started.
CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.


Note: The data provided on this website is produced on an ongoing basis for performance management purposes and is subject to change due to updates of preliminary estimates, corrections, or other reasons. In addition, FDA may change the type or amount of data provided on this website at any time. Information marked as "Completed" may include measures and/or key projects for which activities are ongoing but no longer tracked as part of FDA-TRACK.