Many of us are reeling when we envision the negative impact the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 could have on small beauty businesses, and the resultant curtailing of consumer choices when it comes to handmade natural products. The restrictive annual and product registration fees that could be charged under this act could become so burdensome that many of these small businesses would have to close their doors. Some of our small business customers could be facing a $12,000 product registration fee for each formula for a bar of soap.
Donna Maria Coles Johnson, CEO of the Indie Business Network has worked diligently to support and provide a wide umbrella of education and services to support independent beauty products manufacturers, most of whom began in their own kitchens. Many of these companies, after years of diligence and hard work have now emerged as successful, thriving alternatives to mass produced big box cosmetic products. Donna Maria is a big reason for this success. She now has rallied her legal skills and the energies of the IBN membership to stop this potentially stifling legislation.
Watch the video, then go to her blog and sign on as a signatory to the petition.
Then, contact your own representatives in Congress to voice your objection to this pending legislation. Your choices will be dependent upon the ultimate status of this bill.