ICMAD Broadens Advocacy Focus With Cosmetics Reform A Low Priority In Congress
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Legislation to update cosmetics regulations may not have legs in the 115th Congress, but the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors will have an active presence on Capitol Hill regardless. President and CEO Pam Busiek says the small-business trade group will continue working to educate lawmakers on regulatory reform issues while expanding its advocacy work to address tax and trade concerns.
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The Personal Care Products Safety Act introduced in the Senate May 11, and the Cosmetic Modernization Amendments Act that launched in the House earlier this year, closely mirror versions that divided big and small business in the last Congress. So while the US political environment may be dramatically changed, the legislative situation for stakeholders seeking updated cosmetics regulations, at the moment, is not.
With the release of an atypically lean, clean FDA user-fee reauthorization draft bill, it’s doubtful that cosmetics regulatory reform language will get tacked onto the must-pass legislation. Stakeholders likely will refocus their efforts on standalone cosmetics legislation to modernize FDA’s oversight of the industry.
The Personal Care Products Council expects at least three cosmetics reform bills to make reappearances in the 115th Congress, but the best opportunity for updating regulations may involve tacking related provisions onto must-pass FDA user-fee bills this year. Top execs discussed the current legislative landscape during the “Washington Report” session of the trade group’s annual meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.