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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US Modernized Cosmetics Law’s ‘Weak’ Safety Substantiation Standard Leaves NGOs Wanting
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners and its Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, along with the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth, see the US Modernization of Cosmetics Regulations Act of 2022 as a significant jump forward. But its “sweeping” preemption provisions could put consumers at risk, and its cosmetics safety substantiation standard is a step back from preexisting FDA regulations, the groups say.
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