Four Federal Cosmetics Bills On Cusp Of Introduction
Ostensibly taking cues from California and lessons from previous congressional sessions, US lawmakers, NGOs and “forward-thinking cosmetics companies” seek piecemeal cosmetics reform via four federal bills slated for introduction in the coming week.
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A coalition of businesses and advocacy groups including Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Black Women for Wellness, and Women’s Voices for the Earth believes the Senate HELP Committee’s discussion draft for modernizing US cosmetics regulation should do more to protect communities of color and professional salon workers, and preemption language should be nixed altogether.
The Personal Care Products Council and other industry groups suggest they will support AB 2771 if amendments are made to promote international harmonization, among other changes. Already they advocated successfully for the bill’s scope to be limited to intentionally added PFAS, not “the mere presence of trace levels of fluorine in the product.”
California legislation is now in effect requiring cosmetics companies to begin reporting to the state’s public health department use of fragrance and flavor ingredients that appear on any of 23 authoritative lists. Industry says compliance efforts are underway, but important questions remain, including about disclosure of essential oil components and other naturally occurring chemicals.