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Personal Care Products Council Committees

Personal Care Products Council member companies are invited to participate in applicable 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 areas of interest and ensuring their company’s perspective is reflected in key discussions. Council staff can be reached by email or by calling (202) 331-1770.


Council steering and executive committees provide strategic guidance to staff to help advance Council goals that promote Modernized Government Policies, Sound Science, Global Access and Enhanced Reputation for the industry. 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

• Communications Executive Committee

• International Steering Committee 

• Legal Executive Committee (must have General Counsel or high level Associate General Counsel title)

• Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee

• Science and Regulatory Steering Committee


Communications Executive Committee - Builds trust for and enhances the reputation of the personal care products industry among key constituencies and works to establish the Council as the most trusted, respected voice and advocate for the industry. Provides strategic communications direction and guidance to the Council’s key committees and staff, and assists in the development of all messaging and appropriate communications materials for key issues, particularly those that have the ability to affect the industry’s domestic and global reputation.  Made up of senior level communications and public affairs professionals from member companies with the exception of media and advertising agency members.   For more information, contact Lisa Powers.

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

Government Affairs and Legislative Committee  - Examines federal and state legislation and formulates legislative positions.  Participates in political activities and grassroots  events.  Comprised of Washington representatives and government affairs professionals. For more information, contact Meredith Simpson

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

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


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.       

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 experts 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, recommended by the EVP of Science, are expert in risk and safety assessment. Staff support:  Dr. Linda Loretz

Environmental Safety Committee (ESC)  

Mission:  To provide technical guidance 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, recommended by the EVP of Science, have expertise and experience in environmental science and regulatory affairs. Staff support:  Dr. Iain Davies.

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.

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:  Joyce Lam.

Prop 65 Task Force

Mission:  To address concerns regarding the identification and listing of new chemicals for California Proposition 65, safe harbor levels, and the mechanisms for listing.  Staff support:  Tom Myers & Dr. Linda Loretz

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

Retailer Task Force

Mission:  Reports to the Legal Executive Committee and serves as a forum for members to discuss the challenges of proliferating retailer chemical policies, transparency mandates, product hazardous waste designations, and reverse logistics, and recommends areas of potential engagement by the Council.  Staff support:  Tom Myers.

Safety and Regulatory Toxicology Committee (SRTC)

Mission: To provide expertise to the Council on regulatory toxicology issues and the safety evaluation of cosmetic ingredients and products.  SRTC also serves as a forum for discussion of best practices in safety assessment, including emerging research methods and outcomes, and alternatives to animal testing. The Committee members are senior scientists whose expertise includes toxicology and risk assessment.  Staff support:  Dr. Linda Loretz.

Science Plastic Task Force

Mission:  For cosmetic products, define and distinguish microbeads, microplastic, waxes, and polymers, apply an environmental risk assessment approach, and identify a strategy that expeditiously drives a science-based approach to protect the use of present and future materials that are respectful to the environment.  Appropriate technical expertise is required for membership.  Staff support:  Alexandra Kowcz & Dr. Iain Davies

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 (IP) Task Forces
Membership limited to IP Member representatives
(Note: Each task force stays active as long as each participating IP Member Company share in funding the task force along with paying Council Annual Dues.)

Antimicrobial Coalition

Coordinates with the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) to identify current and emerging issues that may impact the marketing of OTC antimicrobial hand wash products. The Committee explores scientific and regulatory activity related to antimicrobial hand wash 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 hand wash products. Committee members are individuals with various expertise in OTC antimicrobial products.  Staff support:  Tom Myers

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

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 technical 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

In collaboration with Consumer Health Care Products Association (CHPA), the task force actively engages 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

Committee Guidelines