What Do Cosmetics Reform Campaigners Dream Of At Night? Rep. Schakowsky Just Reintroduced It
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act would establish a reasonable-certainty-of-no-harm standard for FDA’s review of ingredients and require companies to share their safety information for every product with the agency, which in turn would publish it for public consumption. The bill is highly similar to Schakowsky’s previous reform proposals that divided industry and the NGO community.
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