By  on March 9, 2007

The global beauty industry is facing a number of challenging legislative issues worldwide, from repackaging to ingredient testing — and to that end, CTFA addressed the issue with a lineup that included programs such as "The Sustainability Challenge: How Industry Initiatives Meet the Challenge" and "The United States Trade Agenda: Challenges and Opportunities for 2007."

"The world is full of strong, vocal lawmakers who want to focus on our industry," observed Marc Pritchard, chairman of CTFA and president of global strategic planning at Procter & Gamble. "Europe passed the Seventh Amendment, which requires extra ingredient labeling and elimination of animal testing by 2009. And Europe is in the final stages of adopting REACH regulations, requiring registration of some 30,000 ingredients. California passed Senate Bill 484, requiring further disclosure of information on ingredients in products."

Pamela Bailey, president and chief executive officer of CTFA, noted that CTFA negotiated an agreement among the industry associations in the U.S. (CTFA), Europe (COLIPA), Japan (JCIA) and Canada (CCTFA) to launch in 2007 a process to align global regulation of cosmetics. Last summer, Bailey led the first official CTFA mission to China with member company representatives. Association leaders from Europe, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Australia attended CTFA's annual meeting this year.

Global alignment and mutual recognition for cosmetics is important because manufacturers currently face country-specific regulations that significantly affect costs and market access, said Bailey.

"We have interacted on your behalf as well as with Russia, Korea and Japan, working directly with government officials, regulators and industry associations," Bailey told attendees, "and we have made certain that your priority concerns are included in US government negotiations on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Japan Regulatory Reform Initiative. In the U.S., for the first time ever, CTFA now regularly meets with Congress, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Commerce Department on U.S. trade agenda issues vital to the global expansion of our companies."

In the U.S., CTFA meets regularly with members of Congress and their staffs, and with USTR and Commerce Department representatives to ensure that cosmetics and personal care product issues are integrated into the U.S. trade agenda, including the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Japan Regulatory Reform Initiative, Bailey said, pointing out that CTFA is also active on trade issues in key policy forums, such as the U.S. Chamber, the European Institute and the Business Council for International Understanding.

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