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Beauty and Personal Care Industry Leaders Gather During Annual Meeting to Envision a More Sustainable World for Beauty


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CONTACTS:

Lisa Powers, (202) 297-1232, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org
Jamie Kurke, (202) 258-5285, kurkej@personalcarecouncil.org

Palm Beach, Fla. – More than 300 cosmetics and personal care products executives, suppliers and media professionals gather this week at the Personal Care Products Council’s (PCPC) 126th Annual Meeting at The Breakers. As is tradition, attendees will reflect on the beauty industry’s challenges and opportunities with a special focus this year on sustainability.

In celebration of the launch of PCPC’s sustainability initiative, including publication of the first ever industry sustainability report, this year’s meeting theme is “Envisioning a More Sustainable World for Beauty.” The program highlights important issues of the day, particularly around trust and reputation; environmental impacts; and social and economic issues driving public discourse. This year we are honored to be joined by world-renowned experts who will deliver keynote presentations and lead panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Richard Edelman, Edelman, discussing the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer
  • Michael Maslansky, Maslansky + Partners, discussing consumer research and insights
  • Andea Campbell, Condé Nast, presenting on the future of beauty, featuring a panel with Maya Penn, Maya’s Ideas; Tom Szaky, TerraCycle; Esi Eggleston Bracey, Unilever; moderated by Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Teen Vogue
  • Alex Lorestani, Geltor, on designing beauty using biology
  • Ken Cook, EWG, on the importance of collaboration between industry and NGOs
  • Tom Szaky, TerraCycle, explains the dynamics and economics of waste
  • Pamela Alabaster, Centric Brands, moderates a panel on sustainability, featuring Andrea Flynn, The Estée Lauder Companies; Jerry Vittoria, Firmenich; and Chris Sayner, Croda
  • Marie La France, Dash Hudson, discussing AI and social media
  • Carol Cone, Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, leading a discussion with Kelly Vanasse, P&G, and Andrea Flynn, The Estée Lauder Companies, on brand purpose and authenticity

“We are very proud of the efforts our member companies are making in the sustainable management of their businesses,” said PCPC President and CEO Lezlee Westine, “but we recognize there is more we can do to ensure a more beautiful and sustainable world for us all.” Westine shared her hope that this year’s Annual Meeting would provide cosmetics and personal care products professionals from around the world the rare opportunity to come together to share best practices and forged new partnerships.

George Calvert, PhD, PCPC Board of Directors Chair and Amway Chief Supply Chain Officer, shared Westine’s enthusiasm for the personal care products industry’s bright and sustainable future.

“We are proud of how our commitment to healthy people and a healthy planet is reflected in the work of our members and our association,” said Calvert. “Our constant pursuit of improved sustainability is both good business and good stewardship. For years to come, our collective efforts will advance our industry’s reputation, create new opportunities for our teams, drive growth, and make a positive impact on the world.”

Joining Calvert on PCPC’s Board of Directors are the following newly elected officials:

Vice Chairs:

Esi Eggleston Bracey, EVP & COO, N.A., Beauty and Personal Care, Unilever

David Greenberg, Group President of Professional Products Division, N.A., L’Oréal

Alex Keith, CEO, P&G Beauty

Kathy Widmer, Company Group Chairman, N.A., J&J Consumer Products

Secretary:

Andrew Stanleick, Senior Vice President, N.A., Coty

Treasurer:

David Holl, President & CEO, Mary Kay Inc.

To learn more about PCPC’s 2020 Annual Meeting, visit our website. Follow our Annual Meeting updates on Twitter at @PCPC_News and using #SustainableBeauty2020. For more information about cosmetics and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

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For more information on cosmetics and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the leading national trade association representing global cosmetics and personal care products companies. Founded in 1894, PCPC’s approximately 600 member companies manufacture, distribute and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on and trust every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

The Personal Care Products Council and Consumer Healthcare Products Association Submit Joint Comments to FDA on the Sunscreen Tentative Final Monograph


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Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org
Mike Tringale, (202) 429-3520, mtringale@chpa.org

Washington, D.C. – The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) submitted comments to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the Sunscreen Tentative Final Monograph (TFM).

The industry organizations note sunscreens are important products that protect consumers from the harmful effects of ultra-violet (UV) radiation and, most importantly, play a critical role in the fight against skin cancer – the most common form of cancer in the United States. FDA recently said, “given the recognized public health benefits of sunscreen use, Americans should continue to use sunscreen with other sun protective measures as this important rulemaking effort moves forward.”

The comments submitted by PCPC and CHPA, together with their member companies, outlined suggestions to the TFM that will help the industry continue to formulate a broad range of innovative sunscreen products that help protect consumers from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays while accommodating their product preferences. The Executive Summary can be found here.

Industry is committed to continue working in partnership with FDA to develop a work-plan for identifying existing data and generating additional data to support the safety of sunscreen active ingredients. Ultimately, having a greater number of sunscreen filters allows manufacturers to formulate safe and effective products to meet the diverse needs of individuals and their families, while providing necessary protection against the damaging effects of the sun.

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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the leading national trade association representing global cosmetics and personal care products companies. Founded in 1894, PCPC’s approximately 600 member companies manufacture, distribute and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on and trust every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation. For more information on cosmetics and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

 The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 138-year-old national trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system more than $7, contributing a total of $146 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to empowering self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products. www.chpa.org.

Personal Care Products Council Among Leading Organizations to Join USMCA Coalition


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Lisa Powers (202) 297-1232, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org or
Jamie Kurke (202) 258-5285, kurkej@personalcarecouncil.org

 Washington, D.C. – More than 200 companies and associations – including the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) –  have joined together to launch the USMCA Coalition. In the coming weeks and months, the Coalition will advocate for congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade agreement formerly known as NAFTA.

“We are actively engaged in supporting the ratification of USMCA,” said PCPC EVP of Global Strategies Francine Lamoriello. “Our priority is to help preserve and strengthen the benefits of North American trade for American workers, businesses, and consumers alike.”

The Agreement, signed by the U.S., Mexico and Canada on November 30, 2018, successfully renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), bringing North American trade into the 21st century with brand new provisions on digital trade, agriculture, labor, and the environment, among many others. Of particular note is the high standard Cosmetics Annex, which commits all three countries to good regulatory practices for the personal care sector.

“We believe USMCA will provide the industry with further opportunities to grow regionally and contribute to its competitiveness around the world,” added Lamoriello. “The US-Canada Appendix to the Annex uniquely recognizes the importance of regulatory alignment for OTC-like products and will have a significant commercial benefit for our member companies.”

To learn more about the USMCA Coalition, visit the website.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, PCPC’s 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

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The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Personal Care Products Council Marks 125 Years of Creating a More Beautiful World


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CONTACTS:       

Lisa Powers (202) 297-1232
Jamie Kurke (202) 258-5285

Palm Beach, Fla. – Cosmetics and personal care products leaders from 17 associations representing 59 countries joined executives, innovators and other industry professionals for the Personal Care Products Council’s (PCPC) Annual Meeting. In addition to recognizing the industry’s 2018 achievements and examining the state of today’s global marketplace, the 2019 meeting presented a special opportunity to reflect upon the beauty industry’s past, present, and future as PCPC celebrates its 125th anniversary.

“For more than a century, our industry has provided significant well-being and economic value to society,” said PCPC President and CEO Lezlee Westine as she welcomed attendees. “Together, with the millions of consumers worldwide who trust and depend on our products every day, we look forward to a shared future grounded in safety, quality and innovation.”

Westine acknowledged that this future will include challenges. In collaboration with the featured speakers, PCPC facilitated insightful conversations about the business strategies, policy changes and guiding principles that will enable its member companies to address these challenges and join together in the pursuit of Creating a More Beautiful World, the theme of this year’s meeting.

The program included discussion surrounding the following topics: “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change the Way We Live and Think,” “Future Proofing our Business: Microforces, Challenges & Opportunities,” “Leadership Perspectives on Sustainability Value Creation and Growth,” “Transforming your brand in the new age of wellness-driven marketing: Pinterest and the wellness megatrend,” “The Role of Influence in the Consumer Decision Journey,” and “Environmentally Responsible Packaging in Corporate Sustainability Initiatives.”

New to this year’s Annual Meeting were four workshops, which offered a comprehensive assessment of the following subjects in a smaller, more intimate setting: “An International Standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics,” “What’s Happening with Brexit?,” “Cannabis & Cosmetics,” and “Chinese Regulatory & Trade Update.”

Also unveiled at this year’s meeting was PCPC’s sustainability initiative, which is designed to:

  • Showcase member company sustainability practice and know-how;
  • Expand and enhance the industry’s robust sustainability commitment; and
  • Provide a strategic framework and focus for PCPC action, resources, and committees

“Our world is changing fast, and there are daunting social and environmental global challenges that can’t be solved by just one institution or company,” said Westine. “By working with each other and with like-minded organizations, our industry has the opportunity to play an important role in creating a more beautiful future.”

“We don’t have to choose between public health and the environment. We can protect both,” PCPC Board of Directors Chair George Calvert added.

The Board of Directors, as elected in its entirety at the Annual Meeting, is as follows:

Chairman:        George Calvert, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Amway

Vice Chairs:     Esi Eggleston Bracey, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer NA Beauty                                           and Personal Care, Unilever

                             David Greenberg, Group President of Professional Products Division North                                                             America, L’Oréal

                             Alex Keith, CEO, P&G Beauty

                             Jeff Smith, Global Chief Transformation Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Secretary:        Andrew Stanleick, Senior Vice President, Consumer Beauty Division, Coty

Treasurer:       David Holl, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kay Inc.

Calvert and PCPC expressed hope for the beauty industry’s continued flourishment in 2019 and beyond.

“We have a very bright future ahead,” said Calvert. “We carry a legacy of creativity, innovation, passion, responsibility and entrepreneurship. We exhibit these traits every day through the thousands of new formulas, products and patents we create and file every year, and the loyalty of the families who use and trust our products.”

To learn more about 2019 Annual Meeting, visit our website. Follow our Annual Meeting updates on Twitter at @PCPC_News and using #PCPC125. For more information about cosmetics and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, PCPC’s 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

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Personal Care Products Industry Shares Goal with Governor Brown to Protect Consumer & Animal Welfare in California


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Contact:       

Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org
Jewel Jones, (202) 454-0302, jonesj@personalcarecouncil.org

Washington, D.C. – The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) appreciates Governor Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 1249 (Galgiani), the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act – another step forward in product safety testing that considers consumer protection and animal welfare.

“On behalf of the 415,000 Californians employed by the personal care products industry and our coalition of health, labor, science, and business organizations, we thank Governor Brown for signing this important bill into law. The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act is pragmatic legislation that balances animal welfare, regulatory requirements, and decades of science,” said Lezlee Westine, President and CEO of the Personal Care Products Council.

SB 1249 bans the sale of personal care products developed using animal testing by the manufacturer or their direct suppliers after January 1, 2020. The bill makes important exemptions, including for products and ingredients already available for sale in California, for example, or those that need to comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or foreign governments’ testing requirements.

“The Personal Care Products Council and its member companies have worked with policy makers to achieve regulatory and scientific advancements that will move the world closer to eliminating the need for animals in product safety testing. For nearly four decades, both in the U.S. and globally, our companies have been at the forefront of the movement to develop viable alternative safety assessment methods, and we will continue to work towards this important charge,” Westine added.

When advocating for this legislation that advances animal welfare without sacrificing jobs and public health, PCPC was joined by a broad coalition, which included the United Food & Commercial Workers, California Retailers Association, California Chamber of Commerce, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, the Congress of California Seniors, and the California Life Sciences Association, among many others.

Governor Brown’s signature on the final version of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act achieves critical goals to:

  • Keep existing products on California’s shelves by applying the law only to new products and ingredients that come to market after January 1, 2020;
  • Protect public health by making select exemptions for products that undergo animal testing mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other regulators;
  • Hold personal care products manufacturers accountable for ensuring animal testing is not performed by their direct suppliers;
  • Allow California companies to continue operating in international markets;
  • Protect 415,000 California jobs in the personal care products industry; and
  • Allow Californians to continue using the personal care products they rely on every day.

The full text of the bill can be found here.


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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the leading national trade association representing global cosmetics and personal care products companies. Founded in 1894, PCPC’s approximately 600 member companies manufacture, distribute and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on and trust every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

Personal Care Products Council on California Assembly Bill 2775 Regarding Professional Product Labeling


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Contact:   

Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org
Jewel Jones, (202) 454-0302, jonesj@personalcarecouncil.org

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies were early supporters of legislation in California (Assembly Bill 2775) that would require professional cosmetic products, manufactured for sale in salons in California, to include labeling that satisfies all of the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act.  PCPC and its member companies are pleased that it will soon be enacted into law.

“Our members have a long-standing commitment to safety and transparency, and informing product users about the ingredients in professional products is yet another step in our effort to live up to this continued commitment.

“Providing ingredient information on the label will allow easier access to this information and will essentially codify what the industry has been doing for more than two decades. Nearly 20 years ago, PCPC instituted a voluntary program to provide the same ingredient information available to retail consumers to professional use products.

“We appreciate Assembly Members Kalra, Carrillo, Maienschein, Waldron, and Gonzalez Fletcher, for their leadership on this issue and thank Governor Brown for signing the bill into law.”

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For more information on cosmetics and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the leading national trade association representing global cosmetics and personal care products companies. Founded in 1894, PCPC’s approximately 600 member companies manufacture, distribute and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on and trust every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

 

Global Industry Leaders Channel the Power of Beauty at Personal Care Products Council’s 124th Annual Meeting


Palm Beach, Fla. – Hundreds of beauty leaders representing 50 countries assemble this week to share global insights, collaborate on business strategies and discuss policy changes currently facing the industry. Now in its 124th year, the Annual Meeting of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is a unique gathering of cosmetics and personal care executives, suppliers and media professionals. Appropriately, this year’s theme is, “The Power of Beauty.

“We are thrilled to once again welcome thought leaders from every corner of the globe to our Annual Meeting,” said Council President and CEO Lezlee Westine. “It is our pleasure to present an impressive lineup of accomplished speakers and relevant content, designed to complement the opportunities and challenges faced by our industry today.”

The 2018 program includes presentations and panel discussions with world-renowned experts on topics such as “Driving Customer-Centered Innovation”; “Intersectionality of Identity: Knowing it isn’t Enough”; “Cybersecurity: What You Can (and Can’t) Do to Protect Yourself & Your Business”; “What Does the Trump Administration Mean For the Personal Care Industry?”; “Driving the Beauty Industry Forward with Data” and “The Future of Beauty: Influencing Next Gen Consumer Preferences.” Speakers include best-selling authors, former White House staff, editors from Allure, Condé Nast and Refinery29, and executives from Google.

In partnership with this year’s Platinum Sponsor, beautykind, the Look Good Feel Better Foundation is challenging attendees to participate in random acts of kindness through the Power of Beauty…Power of Kind Challenge. To kick off the initiative and inspire reciprocal action, beautykind has agreed to donate $10,000 to the Foundation.

“The beauty industry gives back in so many ways,” said Westine. “Together, we have the power to transform lives and inspire confidence every day – beginning with these acts of kindness toward one another, for which I am so grateful.”

Additionally, PCPC announced the election of George Calvert, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Amway as Board Chair. Calvert succeeds Thia Breen, Former Group President, North America, The Estée Lauder Companies after serving three years.

In her farewell speech to members, Breen reflected on the accomplishments achieved during her tenure and asserted that she believes, “we touch consumers’ lives from the very moment they wake up, until the moment they go to sleep. We are the choices they make for themselves, and for their families, many, many times throughout the day. There’s nothing more personal than that.”

The following officers were also officially elected to the Board of Directors:

Vice Chairs:

  • Andrea d’Avack, President of Chanel Foundation & Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Chanel
  • David Greenberg, Group President of Professional Products Division North America, L’Oréal
  • Alex Keith, President, Global Hair Care and Beauty Sector, Procter & Gamble
  • Jeff Smith, Company Group Chairman for North America, Johnson & Johnson

Secretary: Shannon Curtin, Senior Vice President, Consumer Beauty Division, Coty

Treasurer: David Holl, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kay

Calvert addressed members for the first time as Chair – turning the meeting’s theme upside down –commenting on The Beauty of Power, specifically the Power of Science, Engagement, Communication, Advocacy and Unity. “Telling our story is more important now than ever,” he said. “It is essential that we break through the noise to help consumers, NGOs, reporters and policymakers better understand just how scientifically sophisticated our industry is, how strong our commitment to product and ingredient safety is, and where to find information when they have questions or concerns.”

To learn more about 2018 Annual Meeting, visit our website. Follow our Annual Meeting updates on Twitter at @PCPC_News and using #PowerOfBeauty. For more information about cosmetics and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

Personal Care Products Council Appoints Alexandra Kowcz, Chief Scientist; Industry Expert to Direct Cosmetic Industry’s Scientific Programs and Advance Safety Mission


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Personal Care Products Council announced today that Alexandra Kowcz will become the organization’s executive vice president for science and chief scientist effective January 29, 2018. Kowcz replaces Beth Jonas, who recently moved to Utah and will be leaving the Council later this month. In her new role, Kowcz will oversee PCPC’s scientific programs, technical committees and publications, and serve as the industry’s scientific liaison for several domestic and international organizations.

“Alex’s extensive research and development experience and industry background make her uniquely qualified to lead our scientific programs and our distinguished team of scientific experts,” said Lezlee Westine, Council President & CEO. “She brings to PCPC a strong scientific foundation and proven leadership skills. Alex will be a wonderful asset in working on behalf of an industry that is deeply committed to product safety, quality and innovation.”

Most recently, Kowcz served as Vice President of U.S. Research & Development at Beiersdorf, Inc. (manufacturer of Nivea, Eucerin and Aquaphor consumer brands). Her various responsibilities over her 18 years at Beiersdorf included the management of U.S. product development, medical and scientific affairs, clinical testing, product safety testing, analytical testing, microbiology, regulatory, quality control, quality assurance, claims substantiation, chemical processing and new technology research.

She previously held a number of R&D positions of increasing responsibility at Procter & Gamble, Bristol Myers International, Richardson-Vicks, Clairol, Inc., Centerchem, and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer.  Additionally, she is the author and co-author of numerous patents, publications, chapters, and scientific poster presentations. Kowcz has presented at many national and international meetings on technical subjects dealing with formulation chemistry, skin research, competitive intelligence, technological innovation, claims development and chemical processing.

Kowcz holds degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Fairfield University and completed her graduate studies at the University of Connecticut. She is an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the American Academy of Dermatology.

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.

Industry Leaders Gather At 123rd Annual Meeting Of The Personal Care Products Council To Address Changing Landscape


Palm Beach, Fla. – In keeping with the theme, “Redefining Beauty in a Changing World,” nearly 400 beauty industry leaders from around the world are focused this week on the interplay of corporate responsibility, consumer trust, and changes to the political landscape.

“Perhaps at no time in our history has there been such a dynamic convergence of challenges and opportunities for our industry,” said Council President and CEO Lezlee Westine. “This week’s program is timely, as it reflects the momentous changes in our society and will provide keen insight into how our member companies can effectively respond and embrace the new world order.”

This year’s program includes presentations and panel discussions with world-renowned experts on topics such as “What Do the Nov. 8 Elections Mean for the Personal Care Industry?”; “Making Ideas Happen”; “Earning Trust in an Age of Populism: A Roadmap for Engagement”; “Millennial Beauty Brands: Creating Cultural Impact and Making a Connection”; “From Beauty Inspiration to Business Transformation”; “Listen to the Beauty Influencer”; “Digital Humanism: The Coming Age of Content”; and “The Global Shea Alliance: Redefining the Connection between Consumers and Ingredients.”

“All of these subjects are significant – not simply so that we can better market our products, but how we can better interact and forge trusted relationships with today’s policymakers, NGOs, media and consumers in a global community,” Westine said. “Central to everything we do is the value of ‘trust,’ which has been strongly associated with our industry and our products for more than a century.”

The November election discussion includes panelists Bruce Mehlman, Founding Partner of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, along with Darius Anderson, Founder and CEO of Platinum Advisors, LLC, and Emily Giske, Partner at Bolton-St. Johns. They will discuss the impact of the election on the Council’s legislative and regulatory goals at the federal, state, and local level.

Scott Belsky, General Partner at Benchmark, Founder of Behance, and author of the national bestselling book Making Ideas Happen will share insights and practical tips that can be used to push bold creative projects to completion by overcoming the obstacles between vision and reality.

Jennifer Cohan, President, Edelman New York will discuss findings from the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer. Her firm’s annual global survey of 28 countries and 33,000+ respondents measures consumer trust in the institutions of government, business, nongovernmental organizations and media.

Yomi Abiola, Editor at Vogue Italia online will lead a panel discussion about a unique worldwide initiative that promotes the sustainability of the shea butter industry as well as the economic empowerment of women in Africa.  Shannon Hess, Associate Director-Responsible Sourcing, Burt’s Bees will highlight how approximately 600,000 tons of shea are collected each year, serving as a critical source of nutrition and income from the food and cosmetics industries.

The Council also announced the re-election of Board Chair, Thia Breen Group President, North America, The Estée Lauder Companies.

In her speech to members, Breen reflected, “When you consider the scope of change surrounding our industry—from the evolving ways consumers shop and experience brands to how and where they consume and share information, to the new regulatory climate—we want to ensure that we are the ones defining the terms of the conversation. We are at our strongest when we come together to reaffirm our core principles, when we take stock of our industry’s challenges, and proactively plan for tomorrow,” said Breen.

The Council also announced election of the following officers:

Vice Chairs: George Calvert, Amway

Andrea d’Avack, Chanel

David Greenberg, L’Oreal

Alex Keith, Procter & Gamble

For Treasurer:  David Holl, Mary Kay Cosmetics

For Secretary:  Marc Rey, Shiseido Cosmetics America

To learn more about 2017 Annual Meeting speakers, click here. Follow our Annual Meeting updates on Twitter at @PCPC_News and #PCPC2017. For more information about cosmetics and personal care products, please visit www.Cosmeticsinfo.org.