Cosmetics Industry Loses California Battle; Ingredient Bill Becomes Law
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Executive SummaryThe Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association will work with the California Department of Health Services to implement provisions of the California Safe Cosmetics Act, the association says. Despite rigorous opposition by CTFA, among others, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed the bill into law Oct. 7
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Politically and procedurally, signs point to the selection of nail care containing one of California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s listed Candidate Chemicals as a next-round Priority Product under the state’s Safer Consumer Products Program. Nail-product manufacturers have been put on notice, asked to provide DTSC with information on chemical hazard traits and potentially viable alternative ingredients.
California Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, has launched a Healthy Nail Salon Task Force and plans to introduce state legislation in 2016 to provide greater protections for nail salon workers. Spurred by the "national conversation" around the issue of toxic nail chemicals and labor exploitation in salons, Chiu says potential "solutions" the task force will explore include strengthening enforcement mechanisms in the state's Safe Cosmetics Act and mandating ingredient disclosure for professional beauty products.
Seven years after California’s Safe Cosmetics Act went into force, the state’s public health department issues a searchable database of what it deems potentially hazardous cosmetic ingredients, as well as products on the market that contain them. PCPC faults the tool for providing raw data without meaningful context.