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PCPC Backs Cosmetics Safety Bill

Legislation introduced in the House Wednesday would give the FDA enhanced enforcement.

WASHINGTON — The Personal Care Products Council endorsed legislation introduced in the House Wednesday that aims to strengthen federal oversight of the cosmetic and personal care products industry.

This story first appeared in the April 20, 2012 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Rep. Leonard Lance (R., N.J.) introduced the Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012 that would modernize federal oversight of cosmetics and personal care products by the Food and Drug Administration.

“FDA regulation of cosmetics has protected the public for decades and this landmark legislation will enhance protections for millions of American consumers,” said Lezlee Westine, the council’s president and chief executive officer. “Cosmetics companies recognize the need for a modern regulatory process that keeps pace with product innovation, as well as the demand for transparency.”

The cosmetics and personal care product industry has an estimated $60 billion in annual retail sales in the U.S. and employs 8.2 million people in the U.S., according to the council.

The legislation would make the current voluntary manufacturer registration programs of facilities and products mandatory, as well as the reporting of any serious and unexpected adverse events experienced by a consumer.

The bill would also create a formal review process at the FDA for ingredients safety and set safety levels to trace impurities, as well as create national uniformity for cosmetics regulations and require the FDA to review all safety determinations made by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel, an independent panel of scientific and medical experts that assesses the safety of cosmetics ingredients used in the U.S., and determines if the CIR’s findings are correct. If the FDA rejects a CIR finding, the agency would be required to determine under what conditions the ingredient can be used safely in cosmetics products.

“Everyone agrees that we need to update the regulation of personal care products,” said Lance. “This bill will continue to advance consumer safety and provide a regulatory framework that furthers growth and innovation for American cosmetics manufacturers.”