Statement by Tom Myers, President and CEO, Personal Care Products Council, on the Reintroduction of the SHOP SAFE Act


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Stefanie Harrington, (202) 615-6558, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org
Jennifer Daniel, (540) 904-8978, danielj@personalcarecouncil.org

Statement by Tom Myers, President and CEO, Personal Care Products Council, on the Reintroduction of the SHOP SAFE Act

WASHINGTON—“The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and our member companies appreciate Reps. Darrell Issa (CA-48), Jerrold Nadler (NY-12), Ben Cline (VA-06) and Hank Johnson (GA-04) for introducing the Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-Commerce (SHOP SAFE) Act of 2024. We strongly support its passage.

“E-commerce platforms create opportunities for legitimate companies to grow and reach new consumers, providing them with more choices and greater convenience. However, the current structure is vulnerable to exploitation and contributes significantly to a rise in illicit trade. Counterfeit personal care products damage businesses, disregard regulatory protections and more importantly threaten consumers’ health and safety.

“Consumers should have the same assurance that the products they purchase online are as safe and effective as the products they purchase in a brick-and-mortar store. Our member companies invest substantial resources to ensure the safety and quality of their products and U.S. laws hold our members accountable for doing so. The SHOP SAFE Act would even the playing field.

“We encourage Congress to establish a system that makes online marketplaces and others responsible for ensuring that products on their e-commerce platforms comply with U.S. laws and regulations. Legislation should also establish a minimum threshold for submission and validation of identification, banking and product authentication documentation to provide consumers greater confidence that the products they purchase are authentic and safe.

“We look forward to working with members of Congress and other stakeholders to raise awareness and develop solutions to combat the online sale of counterfeit products and establish stronger consumer protections.”

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to safety, quality and innovation. 

Statement by Personal Care Products Council on This Year’s EWG Sunscreen Guide


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Lisa Powers, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 297-1232
Stefanie Harrington, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 615-6558

Statement by Personal Care Products Council on This Year’s EWG Sunscreen Guide

WASHINGTON—“The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and our member companies remain firmly committed to ensuring that Americans have access to a wide variety of safe and effective sunscreen products. We continue to work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide additional safety data on several ultraviolet (UV) filters in order to ensure consumer confidence in the safety and effectiveness of these critical products.

“Unfortunately, once again, the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) sunscreen guide misleads consumers into assuming sunscreen products are unsafe, thereby jeopardizing public health. Sunscreen is a crucial and well-recognized tool in the fight against skin cancer. Our goal is to help consumers make informed decisions and continue to use sunscreens as an important part of their daily health routine.

“For these reasons, we remain concerned that the Sunscreen Innovation Act, which was signed into law in 2014, has not lived up to its promise to increase the speed of approvals for new active sunscreen ingredients. The FDA has not approved new UV filters since 1999. Additionally, globally approved filters used in Europe and other regions are not available in the U.S., greatly limiting options for American consumers.

“For more information about cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients, please visit www.cosmeticsinfo.org.”

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

Statement by Personal Care Products Council on California Assembly Bill 2491


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Lisa Powers, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 297-1232
Stefanie Harrington, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 615-6558

Statement by Personal Care Products Council on California Assembly Bill 2491

WASHINGTON—“Assembly Bill 2491, introduced by Assemblyman Alex Lee, while well-intentioned in its efforts to protect preteens, falls short of addressing the real issue and instead creates restrictions so complicated that compliance or enforcement would be largely impossible. By proposing sales restrictions for a wide range of cosmetics and personal care products, including basic essentials like sunscreens, moisturizers, and cleansers, this bill threatens to overregulate products that are safe and essential for healthy skin care.

“Safeguarding preteens from the pressures of social media and the inappropriate use of cosmetics is extremely important to our member companies. This bill would not provide such safeguards. AB 2491 is a hastily drafted attempt to use legislative force to stop a social media trend. Every ingredient targeted by this bill is safe when used as directed at the appropriate age. In addition to reviewing product ingredients with each sale, this bill would require cashiers to know whether a product has been advertised as anti-aging and would further require them to verify a customer’s age at checkout.

“We must collectively find real solutions that genuinely promote the welfare of preteens. In the meantime, we urge legislators to vote no on AB 2491.”  

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on PFAS in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products


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Lisa Powers, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 297-1232
Stefanie Harrington, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 615-6558

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on PFAS in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

WASHINGTON – “Cosmetics and personal care products companies remain committed to advancing innovative approaches while creating products that benefit a variety of consumer needs. The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), working with a variety of stakeholders, supports using alternatives to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in product formulations. Our industry has been steadily moving away from PFAS as ingredients and using innovative formulation approaches to deliver high-performance and high-quality products.

“PCPC member companies take their responsibility for product safety and the trust families put in those products very seriously. Science and safety are at our core. In the U.S., cosmetics are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). All cosmetics products and their ingredients are subject to the same safety requirement under the FD&C Act – they must be shown to be safe for consumers before they are marketed.

“In a 2021 study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology Letters, some of the fluorine levels detected could be the result of trace amounts from materials naturally occurring in the environment or as a result of the manufacturing process. It is inappropriate to assume that anything with a fluorine atom has the same safety profile. The FDA recognizes the possible presence of trace materials and offers guidance on allowable levels. PCPC supports the FDA’s authority to review these compounds, and they have the expertise to do so. The Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA), which modernized federal cosmetics regulatory oversight under the FD&C Act, requires the FDA to conduct an assessment and publish a complete report on PFAS in cosmetics by Dec. 29, 2025.”

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For more information on cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org. Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As manufacturers, distributers and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to safety, quality and innovation. 

Statement by Personal Care Products Council on California Assembly Bill 2491


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Lisa Powers, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 297-1232
Stefanie Harrington, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 615-6558

Statement by Personal Care Products Council on California Assembly Bill 2491

WASHINGTON—“The Personal Care Products Council’s (PCPC) member companies are committed to creating products that enhance the healthy development of young skin. Dermatologists agree that anti-aging products are generally unnecessary for younger skin, and preteens should look for mild cleansers, hydrating moisturizers and protective sunscreens. While we support the intent of Assembly Bill 2491, introduced by Assemblyman Alex Lee, we believe it is crucial that the bill balances protecting preteens, education and consumer choice.

“As parents and caregivers seek to guide young people’s purchasing decisions, PCPC’s comprehensive database — CosmeticsInfo.org — can be a valuable resource. It provides critical information about the ingredients used in thousands of cosmetics and personal care products, highlighting how they work and the science behind them. The content is developed and maintained by scientists and other subject matter experts, including dermatologists. Our goal is to ensure parents, caregivers and preteens have access to the information they need to make educated choices about skin care products.

“We look forward to working with California legislators and other stakeholders as AB 2491 makes its way through the legislative process to develop practical and effective regulations. We will continue to advocate for policies that protect young people while preserving choice and industry innovation. Our companies support enhancing self-esteem, not creating needless ‘appearance anxiety’.” 

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

Statement by Tom Myers, President & CEO, Personal Care Products Council, on President Biden and Congress Funding the Implementation of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act, Advancing Cosmetics Innovation and Safety


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Lisa Powers, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 297-1232
Stefanie Harrington, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 615-6558

Statement by Tom Myers, President & CEO, Personal Care Products Council, on President Biden and Congress Funding the Implementation of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act, Advancing Cosmetics Innovation and Safety

WASHINGTON – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies commend President Biden and Congress for funding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) implementation of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MoCRA) of 2022. This funding is critical to ensuring the FDA has the resources and tools necessary to further enhance the Agency’s oversight of cosmetics and personal care products.

“President Biden signed into law several fiscal year 2024 appropriations bills, including $7 million for 2024 MoCRA implementation. President Biden also released his fiscal year 2025 budget, which includes a proposed $8 million for continued MoCRA implementation. PCPC and its member companies will continue to work closely with the FDA and key stakeholders to implement this landmark legislation effectively. Our collective dedication further strengthens consumer trust in our industry’s science-driven products and promotes growth for our industry.”

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $535.7 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to safety, quality and innovation. 

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on Valisure Petition on Benzoyl Peroxide in OTC Personal Care Products


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Lisa Powers, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 297-1232
Stefanie Harrington, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 615-6558

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on Valisure Petition on Benzoyl Peroxide in OTC Personal Care Products

WASHINGTON – “Over-the-counter (OTC) drug products such as anti-acne treatments are highly regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which has reviewed and determined benzoyl peroxide is a safe and effective anti-acne ingredient. Consumers have safely used anti-acne products for decades.

“Personal care products companies do not add benzene to any OTC personal care product. The findings in the most recent Valisure petition are based on unproven, questionable methods applying unrealistic conditions which are inconsistent with the way the product would be stored normally. In a December 2022 letter, the FDA highlighted multiple deficiencies in Valisure’s analytical methods, stating that the lab should follow the same testing methods that drug manufacturers are required to use.”

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

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

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on FDA Allowing Additional Time to Comply with MoCRA Registration and Listing Requirements


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Lisa Powers, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 297-1232
Stefanie Harrington, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 615-6558

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on FDA Allowing Additional Time to Comply with MoCRA Registration and Listing Requirements

WASHINGTON – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement to exercise enforcement discretion on Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act’s (MoCRA) facility registration and product listing compliance deadline for six months – moving the compliance date from Dec. 29, 2023, to July 1, 2024.

“PCPC provided feedback to the FDA on the development of an efficient electronic submission program (Cosmetics Direct) and recognizes that the FDA’s development of Cosmetics Direct is ongoing. PCPC will continue to offer feedback to the FDA on the agency’s implementation of MoCRA and is encouraging member companies to prepare for registration and listing. PCPC has shared FDA’s instructions with member companies on obtaining an FDA-assigned Establishment Identifier (FEI) number for each facility that is manufacturing or processing cosmetic products, as needed. PCPC has also shared information with member companies to help facilitate communications between companies that intend to coordinate their registration and listing activities.

“PCPC looks forward to the FDA’s public launch of Cosmetics Direct once the platform is complete.”

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $529.3 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to safety, quality and innovation. 

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on California Assembly Bill 496


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Lisa Powers, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 297-1232
Stefanie Harrington, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 615-6558

Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on California Assembly Bill 496

WASHINGTON – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is committed to global harmonization and policies based on the best available science. State governments increasingly make policy decisions that have a global impact affecting a wide range of industries, including the personal care and beauty sectors. California Assembly Bill 496 aligns with ingredients banned in the European Union.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the personal care products industry continuously strive to ensure cosmetics safety. For more than a decade, PCPC and its member companies – representing some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care – worked diligently with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders and a diverse group of stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness of the FDA regulatory authority and to provide the safety reassurances that consumers expect and deserve. The long-awaited Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MoCRA) of 2022 adds new requirements for manufacturers and new enforcement authorities for the FDA, a significant milestone that modernizes the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, better aligns with industry innovation and contributes to global regulatory alignment.

“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 its economy.”

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $529.3 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to safety, quality and innovation. 

Lezlee Westine, President and CEO, the Personal Care Products Council, Expresses Deep Condolences on the Death of a True Trailblazer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein


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Lisa Powers, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 297-1232
Stefanie Harrington, harringtons@personalcarecouncil.org, (202) 615-6558

Lezlee Westine, President and CEO, the Personal Care Products Council, Expresses Deep Condolences on the Death of a True Trailblazer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein

WASHINGTON – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) honors the contributions and legacy of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) who shattered glass ceilings as the longest-serving woman in the U.S. Senate. She was a woman of many firsts, and as a native Californian, I can attest to the trails she blazed for women both in the state and nationwide.

“She changed the dynamic and face of the institution. She was the first woman to chair major committees in the Senate and governed from the center, championing equity and inclusion not just for women but also LGBTQ+ rights and other underserved populations.

“Sen. Feinstein spearheaded fruitful conversations about the importance of modernizing cosmetics and personal care products regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and we are honored to have worked with her.

“Our industry and nation will greatly miss her and her leadership. My thoughts are with her family, loved ones and members of her staff as we all grieve this loss.”

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Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $529.3 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to safety, quality and innovation.