Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO Personal Care Products Council on the Introduction of the FDA Cosmetic Safety and Modernization Act (S.2003)

Washington, D.C. — “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies are proud of our longstanding commitment to work with all stakeholders to modernize federal regulatory oversight for cosmetics and personal care products.  We greatly appreciate Senator Hatch’s leadership in introducing legislation to update the regulatory system for the cosmetics and personal care sector. The introduction of the FDA Cosmetic Safety and Modernization Act is an important step forward.  Additionally, significant bipartisan work has been done over the years. We urge Congress to move swiftly to pass cosmetics legislation this year.

“As part of our ongoing efforts toward cosmetics reform, PCPC and its member companies support a set of principles to guide bipartisan legislative action, which mirrors protections applied to other products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Decades of consumer experience with our products demonstrate that they are one of the safest categories regulated by FDA.  Given the industry’s scientific rigor and commitment to consumer safety, we support modernizing cosmetics regulation to ensure FDA has the appropriate resources and administrative authority to continue to oversee our products.  We also believe strongly that well-crafted, science-based reforms will enhance our industry’s ability to innovate and further strengthen consumer confidence in the products they trust and enjoy every day.

“Our commitment to reform remains strong.  We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Hatch, members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sponsors of similar legislation, including Senators Feinstein and Collins, and other interested stakeholders to create a more modernized regulatory system for the personal care products sector—a system that advances innovation, safety and consumer confidence.”

Global Cosmetics Industry Fully Supports North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – Sector Poised for Ambitious Agenda

The U.S. Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), Cosmetics Alliance Canada (CA), and the Mexican Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Productos Cosmeticos y la Asociación Nacional de la Industria del Cuidado Personal y del Hogar (CANIPEC) strongly support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and are hopeful that the current negotiations will be used to modernize and expand the benefits to all our citizens.

The cosmetics and personal care products industry is an internationally integrated industry, dependent on open markets and transparent, consistent regulatory environments around the world.  International trade is a critical component to the success of our industry. Trade significantly contributes to our ability to expand manufacturing and employment both here and abroad, and to achieve scientific and technological innovations that benefit consumers worldwide.

NAFTA has contributed significantly to the long-term health of our industry. Since NAFTA’s inception, trade in cosmetic and personal care products has increased 400%. Those gains have continued in more recent years: between 2005 and 2015, intra-NAFTA trade in our sector increased by 66%, from nearly $3 billion in 2005 to over $5 billion in 2015.

A NAFTA Cosmetics Chapter

Our industry supports an ambitious agenda for “NAFTA 2.0” that eliminates remaining trade and regulatory barriers for cosmetics and personal care products and also establishes new models for cooperation that will allow NAFTA regulators to address emerging science and technological issues affecting our industry.  

A NAFTA Cosmetics Chapter should uphold NAFTA partners’ commitments to a risk-based approach for the regulation of cosmetics products, including open and transparent regulatory procedures; prohibiting animal testing where valid alternatives exist; and, fully aligning ingredient labeling requirements around the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI)[1]. We also support the establishment of mechanisms for ongoing regulatory cooperation and consultation between cosmetics regulators, with input from industry and other stakeholders.

As part of improved regulatory alignment and collaboration, our industry also supports the expansion of NAFTA provisions for the temporary access of business persons to include regulatory practitioners.

U.S. and Canada Agreement on Cosmetic-like OTCs

Our industry also supports further alignment between the United States and Canada on regulations affecting cosmetic-like Over-the-Counter (OTC)/non-prescription drug products. Mexican regulations do not identify such a category.  Subject to each country’s official language requirements, a U.S.-Canada agreement to accept products complying with each other’s monographs, beginning with drug facts’ labeling requirements; to eliminate redundant quarantine and re-inspection requirements, and to accommodate packages complying with each other’s standards, would assure that NAFTA’s promise reaches this important product category.