California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Sponsors Sound New Ingredient Concern: Immune System Effects
“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.
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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.
John Chave, director-general at Cosmetics Europe, says the European Commission’s plan for targeted assessment of 28 potential endocrine-disruptors in cosmetics – despite its conclusion in late 2018 that the current cosmetics regulatory framework adequately addresses endocrine-disruptor concerns – is symptomatic of a broad trend taking hold in Europe.
The Toxic Free Cosmetics Act would make products adulterated under California law if they contain asbestos, lead or any one of a slew of intentionally added ingredients, most of them preservatives. The bill could be industry’s biggest legislative battle over the 2019-2020 period.