News Room

Statement by John Hurson, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs Personal Care Products Council In Response to Cosmetics Reform

August 18, 2016

Contact:  Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489 or Lauren Brady, (202) 454-0316

“For more than seven years, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies have worked collaboratively with Members of Congress to modernize federal regulatory oversight for cosmetics and personal care products. While we believe that personal care products are the safest product category regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), given the industry’s scientific rigor and commitment to safety, we also support modernizing cosmetics legislation to ensure FDA has the appropriate funding, resources and administrative authority to oversee our products for the 21st century. We believe that well-crafted, science-based reforms will enhance our industry’s ability to innovate and further strengthen consumer confidence and trust in the products they use every day.

“As part of our ongoing commitment toward this modernization, PCPC and its member companies support a core set of principles that should guide a national standard for legislation and the dynamic collaboration between legislators, industry and other stakeholders, which is essential to achieve a shared goal of ensuring consumers can continue to trust their products – products that contribute to overall well-being. These principles include: 

⦁    Creating a strong national program for the uniform FDA safety regulation of all cosmetics in the United States. 

⦁    Requiring manufacturers to substantiate the safety of cosmetic products and ingredients and provide that substantiation to the FDA upon request. This substantiation should utilize widely accepted scientific principles and established scientific ingredient reviews such as the Cosmetic Ingredient Review.

⦁    Creating an FDA program authorized to review the safety of individual cosmetic ingredients and trace constituents found in cosmetics, in a timely manner, utilizing widely accepted scientific principles. 

⦁    Establishing mandatory foreign and domestic manufacturing establishment registration and ingredient reporting by manufacturers for all cosmetic products sold in the United States.

⦁    Requiring mandatory reporting by manufacturers to FDA of serious and unexpected adverse health events experienced by a consumer from a cosmetic product marketed and used in the United States.

“We appreciate Congressional leadership to create a more contemporary regulatory system for the cosmetics and personal care sector and look forward to continued dialogue with Members of Congress and relevant stakeholders to further strengthen federal cosmetics legislation.”


For more information on cosmetic and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.  

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 every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

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