By  on March 27, 2012

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers and cosmetics industry officials aired competing views over the need to modernize the Food and Drug Administration and strengthen federal cosmetics regulations at a House hearing Tuesday.

An FDA official argued the case for new authority and industry user fees while cosmetics executives defended the industry’s dedication to scientific safety testing and warned against overly burdensome state and federal regulations. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on health hearing focused on several proposals to modernize the FDA, including whether it should be given authority to require mandatory registration of companies and ingredients, charge user fees, issue mandatory recalls and require companies to report adverse impacts. It also focused on the need for a national standard for the regulation of cosmetics and ingredients to replace a patchwork of state laws that businesses say make it difficult to sell their products across state lines.

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