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John Bailey, Ph.D. to Retire After Nine Years as Scientist for the Personal Care Products Council

For Immediate Release: 
May 31, 2011
Former FDA Cosmetics Director Steps Down from Role as Scientific Expert Representing the Cosmetic and Personal Care Products Industry
Contact: Kathleen Dezio, (202) 454-0302 or Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The Personal Care Products Council (the Council) announced today that John Bailey, Ph.D. will retire as Chief Scientist on July 29. Bailey joined the Council as Director of Cosmetic Chemistry in January 2002 and became Chief Scientist in 2006. Before joining the Council, he served as Director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Cosmetics and Colors where he was responsible for cosmetic safety enforcement and compliance activities and policy development.
“With his breadth and depth of knowledge, John has made enormous contributions and been a tremendous asset to the Council and industry over the last decade,” said Council President & CEO Lezlee Westine. “He has managed a talented group of scientists and grown one of our association’s most invaluable and productive areas of member services, and he will be sorely missed.”
In his role at the Council, Bailey has managed the organization’s scientific programs, committees and publications and served as the industry’s scientific liaison to a number of domestic and international organizations.
“John is one of the most informed and experienced scientific leaders in the industry,” said Council Board Chairman Dan Brestle.  “His expertise and passion for science have helped establish the Personal Care Products Council as a leading resource on the safety of our products.”
During his 30 years at FDA, Bailey also served as director of the agency’s Office of Applied Research and Safety Assessment where he was responsible for research into the safety of foods and cosmetics, including molecular biology, microbiology and toxicology. He received numerous awards at FDA, including the Commendable Service Award, the Scientific Achievement Award, and two Awards of Merit. 
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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council's more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S.  As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on everyday, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.