Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015

It’s been a while since a post has appeared on Personal Care Truth. I feel I need to provide some form of an explanation. The long and short of it all is I have been dealing with personal issues that have taken me away from my duties of keeping information flowing on PCT. I am slowly beginning to work my way back into a routine. I hope y’all will bear with me as I transition back into some form of normalcy.

Now, to the business at hand. On April 20, 2015, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act “to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of cosmetics.” Since I have not had the opportunity to read the bill, I’m including the many organizations within the cosmetic industry that are sharing their position, or overall coverage of the bill.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) – “To protect consumers and streamline industry compliance by strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to regulate the ingredients in personal care products.” Read Senator Feinstein’s press release.

Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) – “We support the creation of a national standard that maintains the continued safety of our products while providing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with additional regulatory authority over our industry.” Read the PCPC’s press release.

The International Fragrance Association, North America (IFRA North America) – ““The proposals pertaining to fragrances offer a new system that would model provisions found in the International Fragrance Association’s Code of Practice that direct fragrance houses to cooperate with authorities when investigating adverse reaction reports. This would put the FDA in direct contact with fragrance suppliers to solve any potential concerns.” Read IFRA’s press release.

Indie Business Network – An overview from Donna Maria

Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors (ICMAD) – “ICMAD has a long track record of working with federal regulators to promote product safety, honor the best science in our industry, and advance small businesses that innovate and provide jobs,” said ICMAD CEO Pam Busiek. “We admire Senator Feinstein’s sincere efforts toward these goals and we welcome her partnership. However, the approach taken in this legislation is in conflict with these goals.” Read the press release

The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild (HSCG) – “While The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild (HSCG) supports many of the provisions in the bill that help identify ingredients that are potentially harmful, encourage transparency and give the FDA recall authority, we cannot support this bill as it currently exists.” Read the press release

Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs (COHE) – “Any new regulatory regime contemplated for the cosmetics industry should recognize the unique role and needs of the handcrafted industry, as well as the choice the industry provides for consumers.” Read more here

Handmade Cosmetic Alliance (HCA) – “The HCA along with other handmade cosmetic organizations support efforts to make meaningful policy changes to enhance cosmetic safety. However, subjecting small handmade cosmetic companies which operate with less than a handful of employees to onerous regulation is not only unfair and unprecedented, but creates regulatory requirements that will force businesses to close their doors, “ said Debbie May, Executive Director of the HCA. Read press release

Take time to read the Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015 S.1014. I will be doing the same.

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