Cosmetics Legislative Plans Vie In Congress
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., introduces the Cosmetic Safety Enhancement Act of 2012 before March 27th’s Energy and Commerce hearing on cosmetics regulation. Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Ed Markey push for their Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, while Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., intends to introduce his own cosmetics plan.
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House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone underscores FDA’s lack of resources and insufficient “regulatory tools” in a memo to Health Subcommittee members going into a 4 December hearing on cosmetics safety issues. The committee’s last hearing on the subject was in 2012 when Pallone unveiled the first version of his Cosmetics Safety Enhancement Act.
Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone asks Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton to hold a hearing on cosmetics oversight when the House reconvenes after Labor Day. Pallone intends to introduce his own bill at that time, which likely will compare to the Personal Care Products Safety Act proposed in the Senate.
The Environmental Working Group is working with industry leaders to urge the Senate HELP Committee to take up the PCPSA "as soon as possible," the NGO says. EWG's Scott Faber noted in an interview that "there are very few issues pending before the Senate that are bipartisan and that have the support of both industry and public health organizations," which could work in the bill's favor in a challenging Congress.