US Senate Wants PFAS Banned From Cosmetics. Should FDA Have A Say?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are unpopular, sure. But there are thousands of PFAS with dissimilar safety profiles that merit US FDA review ahead of a blanket ban in cosmetic products, industry says.
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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.
Use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in cosmetic products appears to be declining, based on voluntary industry registrations with the US Food and Drug Administration. NGOs are gunning for PFAS' elimination, and the FDA says available data have yet to give a complete safety picture for PFAS used intentionally in cosmetics or present as impurities.