Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on Federal Legislation, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:     

Lisa Powers, (202) 297-1232, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org 
Stefanie Harrington, (202) 615-6558, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org
Jamie Kurke, (202) 258-5285, kurkej@personalcarecouncil.org

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on the reintroduction of the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act of 2021. The CROWN Act seeks to prevent discrimination based on characteristics such as hair texture and styles, particularly those common in the Black community. It specifically recognizes that Black individuals are disparately impacted and excluded from some workplaces based on hair discrimination. As such, the CROWN Act amends definitions of ‘race’ to include those traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles like ‘braids, locks and twists.’ 

“With a deep-rooted commitment to diversity, PCPC has long supported the CROWN Coalition’s mission to advance anti-discrimination legislation across the United States and actively supported passage of similar legislation in seven states. While progress has been made within the industry, we know there is much more work to do in addressing diversity.

“Legislation such as this creates a clear link between natural hair and race and broadens the scope of protections to prevent more subtle forms of bias that may be found in the workplace. Grooming and dress are an important part of culture and society and should be fully embraced and respected.  

“We are very appreciative to Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman, Barbara Lee, Gwen Moore, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, and Senator Cory Booker for their leadership and urge the House and Senate to pass this critical legislation as quickly as possible.”

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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 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, makeup and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO, Personal Care Products Council, on the U.S. House of Representatives Passage of H.R. 5, The Equality Act


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:     

Lisa Powers, (202) 297-1232, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org 
Stefanie Harrington, (202) 615-6558, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org
Jamie Kurke, (202) 258-5285, kurkej@personalcarecouncil.org

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Equality Act. This legislation sets a clear federal standard that enables individuals to succeed based on their abilities and qualifications to perform a job. It also amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to affirm explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity — a critical step toward ensuring LGBTQ Americans equal treatment with dignity and respect.

“The cosmetics and personal care products industry believes that every LGBTQ American deserves the right of equal opportunity and should never be discriminated against in the workplace or community.

“We urge the U.S. Senate to follow the House’s lead and pass this critical legislation as quickly as possible, making these protections the law of the land.”

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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 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, makeup and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

Message from President & CEO Lezlee Westine about COVID-19, Feb. 16, 2021


For more than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us in unprecedented ways, but we can see a light at the end of the tunnel with the development and distribution of multiple vaccines. Our industry, our nation and indeed our world will continue to persevere and endure until the last traces of COVID-19 are gone.

The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies worked together to respond to the virus and ensure families have access to the safe, essential products they trust and rely on every day. 

PCPC’s Board established a COVID-19 Task Force to provide strategic direction and guide priorities in the following areas:  

  • Business Continuity: Advocated with global, federal, state and local governments to designate our industry and supply chains as “critical” and our workers as “essential,” and addressed a national shortage related to hand sanitizer manufacturing;
  • Communications Strategy: Provided updated resources and information about the virus and industry’s response to members, consumers and other key stakeholders through our online COVID-19 Command Center; and
  • Call to Action: Encouraged and coordinated charitable monetary and in-kind donations from member companies to hospitals, community clinics, medical and emergency professionals, first responders and industry employees. 

On behalf of its member companies, PCPC secured “essential” designation of personal care product manufacturers or products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and advocated with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Critical Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) for the designation of “personal care and hygiene products” as COVID-19 critical infrastructure, which most states and localities across the country adopted. PCPC advocated these same principles globally with our international sister associations. These designations are critical and helped many of our members maintain operations and production.

To address the national shortage of hand sanitizers, PCPC worked with FDA and members of Congress to allow non-traditional manufacturers to convert manufacturing lines to produce hand sanitizer and address the critical shortage, producing and donating more than 20 million units. To connect buyers and sellers of hand sanitizer materials, PCPC created the Hand Sanitizer Connection program, a program with more than 193 companies and nearly 4,000 matches.

PCPC advocated for business economic assistance for its member companies, and shared information about federal government programs including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Federal Reserve lending programs and Economic Injury Disaster loans.

As circumstances evolve, PCPC continues to monitor and communicate updates to its members on changes in U.S. and global regulations, government policies and other information necessary for business continuity. We continue to engage with government agencies and other trade associations to promote uninterrupted critical infrastructure, active and safe supply chains, and availability of important products.  

The COVID-19 Command Center, members-only section of PCPC’s website, and our science and safety website, Cosmetics Info.org, provide up-to-date information including a comprehensive FAQ.

In addition to PCPC’s resources, the following organizations provide information on ways to protect your health and well-being and alleviate financial concerns: 

Health & Wellness Information 

 Business & Finance Information 

We hope you, your families and your communities continue to stay healthy and safe.  And we will continue to work together toward recovering from this crisis.

Read more from Lezlee Westine

April 2, 2020

March 20, 2020

Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO, Personal Care Products Council, on President Joseph R. Biden’s and Vice President Kamala D. Harris’ Inauguration


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:     

Stefanie Harrington, (202) 615-6558, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org
Jamie Kurke, (202) 258-5285, kurkej@personalcarecouncil.org

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) congratulates President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala D. Harris on their historic inauguration. We look forward to working with their administration and the 117th Congress to continue to improve our industry’s ability to provide an array of safe, innovative products that enhance the well-being of countless American families who trust and enjoy our products every day.

“Today marks a momentous event for our country. For the first time, girls and women of color can see a future where anything is possible regardless of their gender or race. Beauty and personal care products companies have a strong history of women’s successesfrom Estée Lauder to Madam C.J. Walker, Elizabeth Arden to Mary Kay Ash to a new generation of female entrepreneurs. Future leaders, inspired by the most diverse Administration in history, will continue to address social challenges while building a more equitable and inclusive future.

“PCPC and its members have always believed in the importance of partnerships. We firmly believe that working together can unify the country, improve the nation’s safety and health, and get America moving and working again. Throughout the past year, our industry worked diligently with a diverse group of stakeholders across the country to keep Americans healthy and safe by addressing the critical shortage of hand sanitizers. Companies quickly converted manufacturing lines and increased production to produce these essential products. Our companies worked with federal and state governments to provide and donate more than 20 million units of hand sanitizer to hospitals, community clinics, medical and emergency professionals, first responders, industry employees, and made them available to retail customers. This could not have happened without those critical partnerships. 

“As President Biden said: ‘To live together and work together. That’s how I see America. That’s how I see the presidency, and that’s how I see the future.’ We are energized by the new administration’s commitment to partnerships. Whether it’s American business, international relations or confronting our nation’s many social challenges, PCPC and our member companies are ready to support President Biden’s, Vice President Harris’ and our country’s future success.”

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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 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, makeup and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on California SB 312 – Industry Has Long Supported Transparency


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:     

Stefanie Harrington, (202) 615-6558, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org
Jamie Kurke, (202) 258-5285, kurkej@personalcarecouncil.org

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies support the legislative intent of SB 312, which mandates specific fragrance ingredient disclosure for beauty and personal care products. We are pleased that today Governor Newsom signed this important piece of legislation into law. PCPC has long supported the voluntary disclosure of allergens in cosmetics and personal care products, and this legislation is largely consistent with our long-standing position.

“We also support additional transparency for fragrance and flavor ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. In fact, many of our member companies voluntarily enhance their transparency efforts and provide fragrance information directly to consumers vis a vis their websites and other educational materials. We believe people have the right to know about – and a right to understand – the ingredients used in their products so they can make informed purchasing decisions.

“It is unfortunate, however, that Section 2 of the bill includes misleading declarations and misrepresents our industry. We support the legislation’s intent to provide consumers more access to information, but we fundamentally disagree with the implication that fragrance ingredients in cosmetics are not safe. As a result, we are unable to fully support the bill as written and have taken a neutral position.

“PCPC is the leading national trade association representing more than 600 small-, medium- and large-sized companies, including 100 that either call California home or have a presence in the state. The beauty and personal care industry is an important part of California’s economy, employing approximately 415,000 people throughout the state and contributing $28 billion to the its economy.”

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

 Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, PCPC represents approximately 600 member companies who 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.

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on Federal Legislation, Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:     

Lisa Powers, (202) 297-1232, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org
Stefanie Harrington, (202) 615-6558, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org
Jamie Kurke, (202) 258-5285, kurkej@personalcarecouncil.org

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act. The CROWN Act seeks to prevent discrimination based on characteristics such as hair texture and cultural styles, particularly those common in the Black community. It specifically recognizes that Black individuals are disparately impacted and excluded from some workplaces based on hair discrimination. As such, the CROWN Act amends definitions of ‘race’ to include those traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles like ‘braids, locks and twists.’ 

“With a deep-rooted commitment to diversity, PCPC has long supported the CROWN Coalition’s mission to advance anti-discrimination legislation across the United States and actively supported passage of similar legislation in seven states. While industry has made progress, we know there is more work to do to address diversity.

“Legislation such as the CROWN Act creates a clear link between natural hair and race, and broadens the scope of protections to prevent more subtle forms of bias that may be found in the workplace. Grooming and dress are an important part of society and should be fully embraced and respected.”  

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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.

 

Statement by Linda Loretz, PhD, Chief Toxicologist, Personal Care Products Council, in Response to the Wall Street Journal’s Column on Sunscreens


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:

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

Washington, D.C. – “The Wall Street Journal article, ‘Sunscreen Chemicals Accumulate in Body at High Levels,’ published July 17, 2020, is misleading and unnecessarily alarming about the safety of sunscreen products on the market today. The level of chemicals in the blood referred to in the article was the threshold set by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for requiring additional testing to determine if sunscreens currently on the market meet FDA’s standards to be considered Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). It did not represent a level considered to be unsafe.

“In fact, FDA’s statement on the study referenced in the article, published in January of this year, clearly states that absorption does not equal risk; FDA did not conclude that the study results indicated sunscreen ingredients are unsafe. FDA goes on to say that without further testing, it does not know what levels of absorption can be considered safe. Most importantly, FDA advises people to continue to use sunscreens in conjunction with other sun safety precautions while the Agency collects additional data.

“The comparison of the levels of sunscreen observed in the blood in FDA’s study to levels of THC (the active compound in marijuana) and alcohol after drinking two beers is another misguided attempt to needlessly scare consumers. A comparison of a controlled substance and an alcoholic beverage to sunscreen is entirely inappropriate, and the numbers are wildly inaccurate.

“The Personal Care Products Council and our member companies will continue to work cooperatively with FDA to determine what additional studies may be needed to ensure the ongoing safety of sunscreen active ingredients in the marketplace. We share FDA’s mission to protect public health and are committed to providing safe and effective products for consumers. We are proud that our industry offers innovative sunscreen products that help protect consumers from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.”

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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.

Statement from the Personal Care Products Council on Implementation of USMCA, a Significant Milestone for Free Trade


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:     

Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org
Jamie Kurke, (202) 454-0316, kurkej@personalcarecouncil.org

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) applauds the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which successfully renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and brings North American trade into the 21st century. We congratulate Ambassador Lighthizer and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts for this significant undertaking.

“The Agreement provides our industry with further opportunities to grow regionally and contribute to our competitiveness around the world. Of particular note is the high standard Cosmetics Annex, the first of its kind, which commits all three countries to good regulatory practices and eliminating trade barriers affecting the cosmetics and personal care products sector.

“The U.S.-Canada Appendix to the Annex uniquely recognizes the importance of regulatory alignment for products at the cosmetic-drug interface, and will bring immediate and significant commercial benefit to our member companies.

“It is our hope that the USMCA Cosmetics Annex will serve as a model for all U.S. free trade agreements in the future. We look forward to continuing to work with all three governments to ensure the USMCA Cosmetic Annex and Appendix– and the entire Agreement – is fully implemented and enforced in a way that allows the cosmetics and personal care sector to realize all USMCA’s intended benefits.”

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For more information on cosmetic 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.

Statement by Alexandra Kowcz, Chief Scientist, Personal Care Products Council in Response to the Environmental Working Group’s 2020 Sunscreens Report


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACTS:

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

Washington, D.C. – “The cosmetics and personal care products industry is proud of the innovative sunscreen products we provide to help protect consumers from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Sunscreen is a crucial and well-recognized step in the fight against skin cancer.  It is unfortunate that at precisely the time that COVID-19 stay at home orders are being lifted and Americans may be heading to beaches and pools, the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2020 Guide to Sunscreens attempts to needlessly scare consumers with false claims and misinformation that can be potentially harmful to public health.

“Year after year, EWG’s shopping guide contains little new information in comparison to their previous reports, and their 2020 edition is no different. More importantly, the claims made by EWG could actually keep consumers from using sunscreen altogether. For example, EWG’s recommendation about which sunscreens consumers should use (i.e. those containing only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients) implies a conclusion that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) itself did not reach. EWG suggests that sunscreen products containing other active ingredients are unsafe or ineffective. FDA has rejected this characterization and has publicly stated that Americans should continue to use sunscreens and also stated that the results from the Agency’s study does not mean that the ingredient is unsafe, nor does the FDA seeking further information indicate such. Instead, FDA has requested additional information and our industry is working closely with the Agency to supply the information.

“EWG also claims that three fourths of sunscreen products in the marketplace today offer inferior UV protection (according to EWG’s testing methods). It is important to note that all sunscreen products in today’s marketplace are regulated by the FDA as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.  FDA requires rigorous testing for sunscreen effectiveness (both Sun Protection Factor [SPF] and Broad Spectrum). Consumers can be confident that these reliable and credible testing methods that are well recognized by experts and regulatory authorities across the globe result in sunscreens that are safe and effective in protecting them from harmful UV rays. Broad spectrum sunscreens must protect against both UVB and UVA radiation. The methods used by EWG have not been subject to scrutiny or approval by any scientific or regulatory agency.

Oxybenzone and Retinyl Palmitate

“Oxybenzone, unjustly criticized every year by EWG, is one of the few FDA-approved ingredients that provides safe and effective broad-spectrum protection from UV radiation, and has been approved and safely used since 1978. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), available peer-reviewed scientific literature, and current regulatory assessments from national and international bodies around the world, there is no causal link between oxybenzone use in sunscreen and significant hormonal alterations or health issues in humans.

In addition, another ingredient called out is retinyl palmitate which is a form of vitamin A that is sometimes used in sunscreen and cosmetic products as an antioxidant and to enhance skin suppleness.  It also is an ingredient approved by the FDA for use in sunscreens and several other OTC products.

Sunscreens and Sun Safety

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the Skin Cancer Foundation and health care professionals worldwide all emphasize the importance of sunscreens as part of a safe sun regimen. The dangers of sun exposure are clear and universally recognized by public health professionals and dermatologists. The National Toxicology Program identifies solar UV radiation as a ‘known human carcinogen.’ A single bad burn as a child is known to increase the skin’s susceptibility to damage and skin cancer throughout life.

“Some simple tips for sun safety include:

  • Avoiding the sun during the peak hours of 10am-4pm
  • Wearing sun protective clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV protective sunglasses
  • Using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, even on cloudy days
  • Reapplying sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating
  • Seeing your health care professional every year for a skin exam

“Our goal is and continues to be to help consumers make informed decisions and use sunscreen as an important part of an overall safe sun program. It is our hope that using sunscreen becomes as much of a habit as using your seat belt.”

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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.

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on Significant Collaboration with NGO Partners Supporting AB 2762


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACTS:

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

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and our member companies support AB 2762 and thank Assembly Members Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) for their leadership in bringing this legislation to fruition while working with a diverse group of important stakeholders.

“PCPC and our member companies engaged with the authors and other interested parties on a bill that adds to California law ingredients that are prohibited in cosmetics and personal care products in Europe and other regions, moving one step closer to global regulatory alignment.

“Cosmetics and personal care products companies hold sacred the trust families put in the safety of their products and take their responsibility for safety very seriously. Companies invest substantial resources in scientific research and safety processes to develop products that enhance the health and well-being of families worldwide.

“We are proud to have joined a broad coalition, including the Black Women for Wellness, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, CalPIRG and the Environmental Working Group, in supporting well-crafted, science-based reforms like AB 2762. Such legislation modernizes California’s cosmetics regulation and also strengthens consumer confidence in the products they trust and enjoy every day.

“PCPC is the leading national trade association representing more than 600 small, medium and large-sized companies, including 100 that either call California home or have a presence in the state.  The beauty and personal care industry is an important part of California’s economy, employing approximately 415,000 people throughout the state while contributing $28 billion to the state’s economy.”

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For more information on cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients, 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.