ICMAD: Federal Cosmetics Legislation Without National Uniformity Not In Industry’s Interest
If the goal of bills like the proposed Personal Care Products Safety Act is to shore up consumers’ trust in the safety of cosmetic products, national uniformity is an indispensable component, says eos Products President Sanjiv Mehra, chairman of ICMAD’s board.
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No one is saying that it will, but the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors is concerned that it might. The trade group is surveying its members and wider industry on COVID-19 challenges and future prospects in order to represent their interests in Washington and dissuade “uninformed cosmetics legislation.”
Approved by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on 11 March, H.R. 5279 still lacks any concrete provisions regarding federal preemption of state and local requirements, though bill author and full committee chair Frank Pallone, D-NJ, remains committed to discussions on the subject. He recognized preemption as “a major issue that I know we have to deal with.”
Cosmetics regulatory reform efforts continued in 2019, which also saw Congress’s first cosmetics safety hearing since 2016. Meanwhile, the “clean” beauty movement gained momentum, fueled by the widely held perception that outdated regulations are allowing cosmetics consumers to be exposed to dangerous chemicals.