Legal & Regulatory Conference 2023

May 10-12, 2023 | Le Chateau Frontenac – Quebec, Canada

PCPC is pleased to announce the return of our in-person Legal & Regulatory Conference in 2023! To be held at the world-famous Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec, Canada, this prestigious event will feature some of the country’s most prominent attorneys and regulatory professionals offering expert insight and analysis on a variety of topics. It is a “must-attend” conference for those looking to stay abreast of the pressing issues facing personal care products today. 

Given the depth and breadth of the topics, this conference attracts attorneys, scientists, marketers, international and regulatory affairs professionals working in the personal care products industry and looking to understand current legal and regulatory challenges. This three-day event also offers ample opportunities to network with your peers, attend social events and gain valuable contacts with other industry professionals.

Special “MoCRA Edition” on Day 3!

The recent enactment of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation (MoCRA) Act of 2022 represents a watershed moment in the history of cosmetics regulation. The new law completely reforms federal regulatory oversight of cosmetics and creates a comprehensive national framework for U.S. cosmetics regulation. As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begins to exercise these new authorities, companies will need to understand the scope and impact of the law, its myriad of provisions and how to be prepared for compliance. PCPC’s Legal & Regulatory Conference will dedicate day 3 of the conference to a deep dive into important topics like Adverse Event Reporting, Recordkeeping, Mandatory Facility/Product Registration, Safety Substantiation, Labeling, Fragrance Allergens and much more!

The conference begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, and concludes at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 12. Topics will include:

  • Packaging
  • PFAS
  • Green Guides and Claims
  • Toxic Chemicals and the Next Litigation
  • State of the States
  • Sunscreens
  • Clean Beauty
  • International Issues
  • “MoCRA”
  • And much more
May 10, 2023

Tom Myers
EVP, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, PCPC

In December, the FTC released its long-awaited request for comments on its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims aka the “Green Guides.” Meanwhile, the attention paid to green marketing and sustainability has never been greater, with both customers and plaintiff’s lawyers alike putting cosmetic claims under the microscope. On this panel, experts will breakdown the FTC’s Green Guides submission and anticipated changes, new state legislation, the challenges facing companies committed to sustainability, and practical strategies for compliance and risk mitigation.

About the Speaker

Greg Sperla
Of Counsel, DLA Piper

As an industry that is highly integrated across borders, the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico was critical to our industry, as well as an opportunity to advance the agenda of regulatory alignment and good regulatory practices. Working collaboratively, our trade associations in the three countries were able to advance a common industry agenda which resulted in highly beneficial “first ever” provisions in the new agreement.

Cosmetics Alliance President Darren Praznik will provide insight into how the industry worked together and successfully advanced its agenda in the negotiating process, as well as how the new provisions are being used to “push back” on legislative and regulatory overreach which undermines sound regulatory practices.

The positive lessons learned from the USMCA experience can be usefully applied today to many of the regulatory and legislative challenges facing our industry and guide industry participation in future trade negotiations.

About the Speaker

Darren Praznik
President & CEO, Cosmetics Alliance Canada

Many U.S. states have stepped in to fill the vacuum on consumer protection, health and wellness and similar issues resulting from the U.S. federal government’s lack of action. From Hawaii to New York, our expert speaker will look at how state legislation and regulation are impacting your industry, including recent activity such as ingredient bans, allergen reporting, VOC emission limits, and more.

Angela Diesch
Amin, Talanti, Wasserman, LLP

This session will examine several chemicals of concern from regulatory, legislative and litigation lenses, including why companies should consider each to be legal and financial risks. Recent developments for the chemicals of concern will be detailed, including predictions on when each chemical is likely to become a litigation risk. The topic will also explain whether the legal risks will involve environmental pollution or personal injury lawsuits (or both). Finally, the session will describe how class action lawsuits with respect to emerging chemicals of concern will be linked to ESG and greenwashing trends.

John Gardella
Shareholder, CMBG3 Law

As consumers become increasingly interested in the health of their skin, there is also ever increasing opportunity (and risk) for companies developing products to meet consumer need.  This panel will discuss skin health related trends and how companies can manage regulatory and consumer class litigation risks, while developing products.

Raqiyyah Pippins
Partner, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.

As consumer demand for “clean,” “green,” and “natural” personal care products soars, it is important to mitigate the risks of both regulatory enforcement and private litigation.  During this session, Kristine Kruger of Perkins Coie LLP will discuss the changing regulatory landscape and recent litigation trends in the “Clean” beauty space. Topics will include new FDA warning letters on labeling claims and deceptive advertising, compliant product labeling, claim substantiation, and potential defenses to “clean”-related litigation. 

Kristine Kruger
Partner, Perkins Coie, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by DLA Piper

May 11, 2023

This presentation will focus on the history and basic science of PFAS, review recent legislative and regulatory developments concerning PFAS in cosmetics, and highlight recent class action litigation and expected future litigation trends.  If you are wondering whether your products might contain PFAS (as broadly defined by legislatures) or how to appropriately test for them, then this panel is for you as Will sets forth the basics for assessing and mitigating PFAS risks.

Will Wagner
Associate, Arnold & Porter, San Francisco, Calif.

From digital make-up counters to online purchases, consumers are shopping in new ways that put companies at risk due to the novel approach of the plaintiffs’ bar filing lawsuits, not part of product liability.  Whether its virtual try-ons, allegations of being duped by marketing campaigns, nuisance, or biometrics, Shook, Hardy & Bacon attorneys are leaders in evolving approaches being used by plaintiff’s lawyers to create new revenue sources.

About the Speakers: 

Phil Goldberg
Managing Partner, Shook, Hardy Bacon, LLP, Washington, D.C.





Laurie Henry
Partner, Shook, Hardy Bacon, LLP, Kansas City, Mo.





John Johnson III
Senior Counsel, Shook Hardy, Bacon LLP, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by Arnold & Porter

May 12, 2023

About the Speakers: 

Wade Ackerman
Partner, Covington & Burling, Los Angeles, Calif.



Karin Ross
EVP, Government Affairs, PCPC

Jessica O’Connell
Covington & Burling, Los Angeles, Calif.

Speaker: Peter Barton Hutt, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C.




Hotel reservations can be made online or by calling 1.800.441.1414. Room rates are listed in CDN dollars and will be converted to U.S. dollars upon check in/check out.

Member Price: $1,245 until March 31, then $1,395
Nonmember Price: $2,600

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