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Personal Care Products Council Committees

Personal Care Products Council member companies are invited to participate in appropriate committees, sub-committees and task forces. Many of these are in the technical/regulatory area. Council committee participation is a major benefit of membership, providing members access to targeted information in their area of interest.


Council steering and executive committees provide strategic guidance to staff to help advance Council goals that promote Modernized Government Policies, Sound Science, and Global Access. Steering and executive committees have a limit on the number of member representatives and are subject to certain qualifications. For more information, contact Mark Pollak at pollakm@personalcarecouncil.org.

• Communications Executive Committee
• International Steering Committee
• Legal Executive Committee
• Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee
• Science and Regulatory Steering Committee


Communications Committee - Formulates communication messages and strategies targeted to appropriate audiences. Works to present to the public and the media the benefits of personal care products as well as the industry’s commitment to satisfy consumer needs with safe, effective products. Made up of senior corporate communications professionals from member companies with the exception of media or advertising agency members. For more information, please contact Lauren Brady at bradyl@personalcarecouncil.org

Cosmetic Entrepreneurs Committee - a service committee intended to empower our smaller sized members through education and networking opportunities. The goal is to foster the growth of responsible and informed corporate citizens. For more information, please contact Catherine McDonald at mcdonaldc@personalcarecouncil.org.

Government Affairs and Legislative Committee – Examines federal and state legislation and formulates legislative positions. Participates in political activities and grassroots events. Comprised of Washington representative and government affairs professionals. For more information, please contact Meredith Simpson simpsonm@personalcarecouncil.org

International Committee - Works toward creation and implementation of a favorable regulatory and business climate in various international markets. Committee members exchange information on areas of mutual concern and develop industry positions on the regulatory, technical, trade and business aspects of the international cosmetic industry. For more information, please contact Francine Lamoriello lamoriellof@personalcarecouncil.org

State Government Affairs Committee - Tasked with monitoring, managing and recommending positions on legislative and regulatory issues that arise in the fifty states and that affect the cosmetic and personal care products industry. The Committee serves as the lead for state government affairs issues overall and is open to representatives from active and associate member companies.  For more information, please contact Alicia McAfee at mcafeea@personalcarecouncil.org.


Air Quality Committee
Mission: to provide information and guidance on air quality issues, which can encompass technical and regulatory decisions related to product formulation, labeling, and litigation. The Committee members are primarily science and regulatory representatives with expertise in assessing VOC content in product formulations as well as compliance. Staff support: Tom Myers

Anticaries Committee
Mission: to provide scientific data to the FDA to obtain approval to modernize testing requirements as currently outlined in the anticaries monograph. Staff support: Tom Myers

Antimicrobial Coalition
Mission: to identify current and emerging issues that may impact the marketing of OTC antimicrobial handwash products. The Committee explores scientific and regulatory activity related to antimicrobial handwash products, develops data, establishes an expert panel and resulting report, develops and publishes scientific papers to support the category, presents at conferences, responds to rulemakings, develops, provides support to Communications as related to responding to media events, and messaging supporting OTC antimicrobial handwash products. Committee members are individuals with various expertise in OTC antimicrobial products. Staff support: Tom Myers, Dr. John Krowka

Color Additive Committee
Mission: to provide technical guidance and expertise on the properties and application of color additives and to address the regulatory status of colors in the US. The Committee members are expert in color technology, use or regulation and include technical representatives from suppliers of cosmetic colorants. Staff support: Dr. Jay Ansell

Cosmetic Ingredient Review Science and Support Committee (CIRSSC)
Mission: to provide scientific and strategic direction to the Council on key issues relating to the safety review of ingredients by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review. The CIR SSC members, endorsed by the EVP of Science, are expert in risk and safety assessment. For more information, please contact Dr. Linda Loretz at loretzl@personalcarecouncil.org.

Environmental Safety Committee (ESC)
Mission: to provide technical guidance to its members on matters involving environmental safety of products/ingredients. (ESC) provides a forum for discussion on topics of environmental science, regulation, and risk assessment that affect the personal care products industry. The ESC collaborates with other Council committees and other organizations. Committee members, endorsed by the EVP of Science, have expertise and experience in environmental science and regulatory affairs. For more information, please contact Dr. Iain Davies at daviesi@personalcarecouncil.org.

Green Chemistry Task Force
Mission: The task force plays an integral role in the technical evaluation of chemical management regulations and in working with various state and federal environmental agencies to advocate for changes. The task force is composed primarily of environmental scientists and regulatory and legal experts. Staff support: Tom Myers

International Nomenclature Committee (INC)
Mission: The INC is responsible for the development of INCI nomenclature and its publication, along with related technical information, in the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook, the International Buyers’ Guide, and the Council’s On-Line INFOBASE. Membership only by appointment. Staff support: Joanne Nikitakis

Microbiology Committee
Mission: to identify current and emerging microbiological issues of concern to the industry. The Committee explores cosmetic microbial problems, practices, and procedures and develops information (guidelines, papers, seminars) to assist the industry in producing products of good microbiological quality. The Committee collaborates with standard setting organizations in establishing methods. Committee members are individuals whose expertise is in microbiology and preservative aspects of product quality. Staff support: Dr. Jay Ansell

Quality Assurance Committee (QAC)
Mission: to advance cosmetic product quality and safety. QAC also serves as a forum for the exchange of best practices among quality professionals, to develop guidelines and other quality-related documents, and to sponsor workshops and webinars for quality professionals. The Committee members are senior QA managers and regulatory affairs professionals with experience in their field. Staff support: Joanne Nikitakis

Safety and Regulatory Toxicology Committee (SRTC)
Mission: to provide expertise to the Council on regulatory toxicology issues and the safety evaluation of cosmetics/ingredients; to provide oversight of the Council research programs in the area of ingredient safety. The Committee may develop and provide information on products and product types, safety/efficacy testing, and research procedures and alternatives to animal testing. The Committee members are senior scientists whose expertise includes toxicology, biological research, and/or medicine. Staff support: Dr. Linda Loretz

Scientific and Regulatory Forum (SRF)
The Scientific and Regulatory Forum (SRF) is the scientific and regulatory assembly of the Council, and its members are scientific and regulatory representatives of their companies. SRF membership is open to Council members and associate members; members of scientific and regulatory committees are considered members of the SRF.

Active Interested Party Task Forces
(Membership limited to IP Member representatives)

Antimicrobial Task Force, Antimicrobial 1999 Funding, Antimicrobial for Clinical, Antimicrobial Communications Fund
Support activities of the Antimicrobial Committee including conducting research, participating in scientific, regulatory, and international forums, and developing public messaging to support the antimicrobial category. Staff Support: Tom Myers

Diethanolamine (DEA)
Support the development of information to address questions on the use of ingredients containing trace amounts of DEA in cosmetics, and their safety and regulatory implications. Staff Support: Dr. Linda Loretz

Habits & Practices
Surveys consumers on amount and frequency of cosmetic product usage. Staff support: Dr. Linda Loretz

Hair Coloring Technical Committee
Maintains awareness of all factors that could affect the formulation and continued use of hair coloring products, and provides scientific and financial resources needed to address these. Staff support: Dr. Linda Loretz

ISO TC-217
Support the Council’s work as the Chairman and Administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group 217 (ISO TC-217) to develop international standards in the area of cosmetics (Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry, Terminology, GMPs, Sunscreen methods, Natural and Organic, and Packaging and labeling) that are compatible with current best industry practices and reflect the regulatory requirements in the United States. Staff Support: Dr. Jay Ansell

Actively engage in the developing science and regulation of nanomaterials in personal care products through participation in scientific and regulatory forums. Monitors and reports on related activities. Staff support: Dr. Jay Ansell

Sunscreen Task Force
Mission: to actively engage in current and emerging science, regulations, and standards that may impact the marketing of OTC sunscreen products. The Committee collaborates with standards setting organizations in establishing sunscreen test methods. Committee members are individuals with expertise in various aspects of sunscreens (science, legal/regulatory, communications). Staff support: Tom Myers

Support the development of information to address questions on the use of Triclocarban used in cosmetics, and its safety and regulatory implications. Staff Support: Dr. Beth Lange