California Bill Advances To Ban Cosmetic Ingredients Prohibited In EU, With PCPC’s Backing
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.
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California-based Brazilian Blowout appears not to have opposed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, signed into law in the Golden State at the end of September, which will ban a key ingredient in its professional hair-smoothing systems beginning 1 January 2025. The company remains oddly quiet about the legislation, which was backed by NGOs, public health advocates and other cosmetic industry reps.
On 20 August, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amended version of the proposed Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, which passed the Assembly in June. Changes to the bill would alleviate burdens on California’s Department of Public Health and reduce penalties for violators.
“Nine of the chemicals we are proposing to ban in AB 2762 are linked to a compromised immune system which can increase susceptibility to, and negatively impact recovery from, COVID-19,” Assemblymember and coauthor Bill Quirk says of the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, which passed California’s Assembly unanimously on 11 June.