Toxic Free Cosmetics Act Underscores Question: Who Should Regulate US Market, FDA Or California?
Between the Safe Cosmetics Act, Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act, Safer Consumer Products, Prop 65 and now the proposed Toxic Free Cosmetics Act, California seems increasingly intent on setting the bar nationwide for cosmetics safety, testing and labeling requirements. The Environmental Working Group and other NGOs are by no means opposed.
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The bill, which would deal a serious blow to industry’s preservatives palette and prohibit any trace of lead in cosmetics, failed to advance out of committee April 9, roughly one week after the Personal Care Products Council and other industry reps descended on Sacramento to lobby against the measure.
If the goal of bills like the proposed Personal Care Products Safety Act is to shore up consumers’ trust in the safety of cosmetic products, national uniformity is an indispensable component, says eos Products President Sanjiv Mehra, chairman of ICMAD’s board.
Limited to no federal preemption is included in cosmetics bills under consideration in the 116th Congress, which means that even if one were to pass in its current form, companies could still be at the mercy of states, typically California, imposing unique bans or restrictions on cosmetic ingredients.