Counterfeit Cosmetics Are A Click Away; SHOP SAFE Act Would Make E-Commerce Platforms Accountable
The Personal Care Products Council testified on the economic toll of counterfeit cosmetics, as well as potential safety issues, at a US House Judiciary subcommittee meeting on 27 May. The bipartisan, bicameral SHOP SAFE Act under consideration would help to address the problem, bill sponsors say.
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The Personal Care Products Council’s senior leadership team sat down with HBW Insight at the end of January to discuss the year ahead, including EU policy movement that could undermine long-standing chemical risk-assessment principles, disrupting international trade and proving infectious in other parts of the world.
The Personal Care Products Safety Act was reintroduced in the US Senate on 17 June with industry support including leading brands at big-name multinationals. The latest “Feinstein bill” for modernizing US cosmetics regulations purports to strengthen counterfeit product protections while floating additional requirements for fragrance allergen labeling and banning intentionally added PFAS.
The bipartisan SHOP SAFE Act of 2020 would require e-commerce platforms to vet and obtain compliance commitments from third-party sellers, include their identities and business information on-site, and block continued access by repeat trademark infringers. The US House bill is backed by the Personal Care Products Council, which cites weaknesses in the current system that allow illicit trade to flourish.