California Lawmaker Wants To Beef Up Safe Cosmetics Program
AB 495, introduced Feb. 12 by Democratic Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, is sparse on details, but expresses legislative intent to improve the oversight of “harmful cosmetics,” ostensibly by amending the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005.
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The California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act passed out of the State Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials on 14 May. A far cry from the original draft of the bill, AB 2762 would ban more than a dozen cosmetic ingredients in California whose use is prohibited already in Europe.
The California Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials voted yes to proposed AB 495 at a 14 January hearing in Sacramento. As drafted, the bill continues to face industry opposition, but its author and cosponsors have committed to changes that would align the legislation more closely with EU regulations and potentially resolve industry’s biggest concerns.
The trade association opposes the proposed Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act, which advanced out of California’s Senate Health Committee April 10, but the group’s position could change if key amendments are made to the bill. Fragrance Creators’ flexibility reflects political realities in California that could make it very difficult to defeat or delay the legislation.