Council Submits Letter to the FDA
The following letter was submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reaffirm industry's committment to pursue an effective system of safety oversight for cosmetics.
Dear Commissioner Hamburg:
Thank you for your letter dated September 26, 2013 and for your personal commitment to continue to pursue an effective system of safety oversight for cosmetics. Our entire industry shares in that commitment.
Cosmetic and personal care products companies have a significant and long-standing commitment to product safety and scientific innovation – it is a commitment that is fundamental to our businesses. We provide many of the most trusted brands in beauty and personal care, and we take our responsibility to consumers very seriously – their trust is paramount. Furthermore, our commitment does not end here in the U.S. As global companies, we work to earn the trust and loyalty of consumers around the world.
As you know, our member companies along with our trade association, the Personal Care Products Council, have invested considerable time and resources to work with FDA staff toward a uniform national system of regulation for cosmetics, and industry has consistently advocated in Congress for increased funding for cosmetics oversight and updated cosmetics legislation. Let me personally assure you that our companies have not had a change of heart in their commitment to work with FDA, and we continue to operate in good faith. Our desire to find consensus and an agreement with the FDA is unwavering, and we hope to continue the dialogue to achieve our shared objective of one national uniform standard for cosmetics regulation.
We appreciate the opportunity to work directly with FDA, as we have done over the past nine months, and we remain committed to the Agency’s mission to protect public health through effective oversight.
I have the full commitment of our Board to continue our work with the Agency and with Congress on an agreement. We look forward to hearing from the Agency about rescheduling our meeting originally set for October 2. Thank you.
E. Scott Beattie
Personal Care Products Council
Cc: Lezlee Westine, Personal Care Products Council
Pamela Busiek, Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers and Distributors