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ginny587
27 March 2015 @ 04:34 pm
Hello everyone!
Sifting through a backlog of emails, I found one from Femininewear dated 3/25 about the April period pack. Off to the side, it said "From April 1st there will be a few changes for customers in the USA. To comply with FDA regulations some of the products that we sell will not be available to customers in the United States. Please keep an eye on your emails for more information nearer the time." April's surprise period pack apparently features a new-to-femininewear cup (brand name not mentioned), except "Unfortunately this brand will not be able to be sold to customers in the USA when it is listed on the website." which makes me a little concerned that the products that'll be restricted to us in the US at least from this site will include (at least some) cups.
Has anyone heard anything on these apparent FDA changes?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 27th, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
I noticed that the JuJu cup is the last one on FeminineWear's site. Latest addition? JuJu's manufacturer specifically says that their cup is not for sale to the US or Canada. I don't know why. So if that's the cup that FeminineWear means, then it's just for the JuJu cup and the restriction has nothing to do with the FDA.

The FDA says that non-approved cups can be imported into the US for personal use but not for retail sale.

Edited for clumsy wording.


Edited at 2015-03-27 11:18 pm (UTC)
Meganarwen_17 on March 28th, 2015 04:45 am (UTC)
I believe if marketed as a medical device (as opposed to novelty), they have to put the device through rigorous testing. It has been suggested by others it may just be an issue of disposable product manufacturers having the FDA in their pocket.

I doubt it has to do with changes- maybe femininewear just got called out on selling a product where they shouldn't be.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 28th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
FeminineWear is in the UK and therefore not under FDA jurisdiction. US buyers may import ANY cup they can into the US for their own use. The FDA says US sellers may only SELL FDA-approved cups.

In other words, people in the US who buy those Chinese knockoffs by the case and resell them on eBay will probably get a nastygram from the FDA for selling non-FDA approved goods. It does not apply to those selling cups they bought for themselves, decided against them and are now selling them "second hand."
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on March 30th, 2015 02:23 am (UTC)
I don't know the details, but I thought there was some sort of change where foreign retailers who sell "medical devices" to U.S. customers have to pay higher fees than before. Bree, who owns Precious Stars Pads and the accompanying YouTube channel, stopped selling menstrual cups and cloth pads to U.S. customers in January because she wouldn't make enough from it to pay the accompanying fee.
trejoytrejoy on March 30th, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
FeminineWear has not announced specifics yet (that I know of), but has warned that many items from the site will not be available to those in USA after April 1.