Pallone Proposes House Companion To PCPSA; Will 2017 Be The Year For Reform?
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Like the Personal Care Products Safety Act in the Senate, a bipartisan discussion draft from New Jersey congressmen Frank Pallone and Leonard Lance would require registration and fees from industry while giving FDA ingredient-review duties and recall authority. 2017 could be the year that cosmetics reform legislation goes the distance, but first the Senate will be holding a related hearing September 22.
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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.
With Democrats in control of the House and New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone in line for chair of the Energy & Commerce Committee, cosmetics regulatory reform legislation could receive even more attention in the 116th Congress than in the current session. The new climate could test how serious big business is about embracing large-scale changes as well as lawmakers’ openness to federal preemption.
Congressional Races Could Alter Cosmetics Legislative Outlook, Starting With House Energy & Commerce
Recent polling suggests the “blue wave” headed for Congress may not be of the magnitude hyped by some. But if Dems do flip the House as expected, cosmetics reform legislation will go through an Energy & Commerce Committee likely chaired by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, who’s been a highly vocal critic of current cosmetics safety controls.