News has hit the cosmetic information super highway that The Compact for Safe Cosmetics is phasing out as of January 11, 2011. When I read the news of the compact phasing out, I was really shocked and just a little confused.
For those that may be unfamiliar with The Compact for Safe Cosmetics, in order to be a compact signer, a company must meet the 6 steps below. According to the website, “the Compact for Safe Cosmetics was created to improve the safety of cosmetics and personal care products and to provide better information about product ingredients so consumers can make informed decisions about the products they buy.” For a more detailed description, click here:
Six Steps to Meeting the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, in Brief
1. Comply with the EU Cosmetics Directive.
2. Disclose all ingredients.
3. Publish and regularly update product information in EWG’s Skin Deep database.
4. Comply with ingredient prohibitions and restrictions under the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and substitute ingredients of concern with safer alternatives.
5. Substantiate the safety of all products and ingredients with publicly available data.
6. Participate in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Via the Safe Cosmetics website:
We continue to work closely with existing Compact signers to develop new ways that manufacturers of personal care products can engage with the Campaign around shared values of product safety and ingredient transparency.
As we transition between the Compact and a new company engagement tool, we hope to help as many companies as possible reach compliance with the Compact. When the Compact officially closes in summer 2011, consumers will be able to search for compliant signers via the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Web site and EWG’s Skin Deep database.
What does this mean for compact signers? Kristin and I are both former compact signers. Kristin had a harder time getting off the list than I did. When the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 rolled around, I was very unhappy with the political approach The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics was taking and there’s nothing I hate worse than someone representing me or my company in a bad light. I felt the petition they were asking their signers and supporters to sign, would have harmed my small cosmetics business.
Kristin requested to be removed 4 times between fall 2009 and July of 2010. After writing a post on her frustrations with not being removed and threatening legal action, she was finally removed in July of 2010.
What is your take on this surprising revelation? Now, I could have posted a poll for the following but I wanted to place this out in the open for the world to see. We are constantly being asked who is backing PCT and there’s plenty of “vested interest” comments flying around. So, in the spirit of transparency, answers to the following questions will be visible in your reply via the comment box.
- As a compact signer, how do you feel about the changes that are taking place?
- Why did you choose to become a signer?
- Is there a benefit you receive as a compact signer that you are concerned may change with this transition?
- If you were a compact signer, why did you ask to be removed from their list?
- As a consumer, what do you think about the news?
Please share your answers via the comment box below.