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CTFA Announces that Trade Associations in U.S., Europe, Canada, and Japan Sign Agreement to Propose Forum for Global Regulatory Harmonization

For Immediate Release: 
February 27, 2007

Contact: Lisa Powers, (703) 447-0345,  Jill Marvin, (202) 454-0316

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) announced today that the cosmetics and personal care products trade associations in the U.S.(CTFA), Europe (COLIPA), Canada (CCTFA) and Japan (JCIA)  have signed and formally proposed to their respective regulators a new forum for global harmonization of regulations for cosmetics and personal care products.  The agreement was signed today at a meeting of the trade associations prior to the CTFA Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.

“Consumers want safe products that are available and consistently regulated across the globe and companies need predictable regulatory regimes in order to maintain product innovation,” said Pamela G. Bailey, CTFA President and CEO.  “This new initiative is an important step toward real global regulatory harmonization that will benefit both consumers and companies.  It is time that cosmetics and personal care products have the same type of global regulatory alignment that has already been achieved for other FDA-regulated products like drugs and medical devices through processes in which industry and regulatory authorities participate.”

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

The regulatory harmonization initiative is part of a comprehensive international engagement strategy at CTFA.   Over the last year, CTFA has been building a much more robust and proactive global strategies program in order to better support the important global market opportunities for CTFA members and to advance consumer protection, trade, and industry growth globally.  CTFA has expanded its proactive strategic work in China – Last summer it sent a mission to China, and last September it hosted a delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Health. 

The association has also been active on issues with Russia, Korea, Japan and Latin America, collaborating with local industry associations and dealing with government officials, and regulators.   

In the U.S., CTFA has stepped up its engagement with the U.S. government, meeting regularly with members of Congress and their staffs and with USTR and Commerce Department representatives to ensure that cosmetics and personal care products 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. CTFA also is active in key policy forums on trade issues, such as the U.S. Chamber, the European Institute, and the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU). 

Based in Washington, D.C., CTFA is the trade association representing the cosmetic, toiletry, and fragrance industry in the United States and globally. Founded in 1894, CTFA has a membership of approximately 600 companies including manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers of the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the United States.