R.I.P. California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act; EU Prohibited Substances Alignment Could Be Future Focus
A Personal Care Products Council exec said the trade association remains committed to working with stakeholders on a possible new bill after the proposed Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, AB 495, failed to advance out of the California Assembly’s Committee on Health in January.
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In a pause from the trade group’s 2020 annual meeting in Palm Beach, FL, PCPC senior executives spoke with HBW Insight about legislative priorities and challenges at the federal and state levels, emerging microplastic regulations and whether industry and consumers have a “trust problem.”
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.
Cosmetic products in California that contain at least one of more than a dozen listed ingredients or contaminants – or any others selected by the health department going forward – would be adulterated and thus unlawfully marketed under the proposed Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act.