May 10-12, 2023 | Le Château Frontenac – Québec City, 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

From its sunny beaches, scorching desserts and snowy mountains, California is known for its natural diversity. Two the state’s most infamous consumer product laws, Proposition 65 and CARB’s Consumer Product Regulation, are also diversifying. While Prop 65 is adding new regulations and adopting new trends, often resulting in onerous and costly lawsuits, CARB is also looking at new enforcement opportunities. In his presentation, Greg Sperla, DLA Piper LLP, will cover key topics and practical strategies to minimize risks, including the outlook on proposed Prop 65 regulations, recently and soon-to-be listed chemicals and the focus in CARB enforcement.

About the Speaker

Greg Sperla
Of Counsel, DLA Piper, San Francisco, Calif.

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

With the recent enactment of MoCRA and the proposed realignment of CFSAN that would relocate OCAC to the Office of Chief Scientist in the Commissioner’s office, significant changes are occurring at the FDA. With an insider’s perspective on these changes, Linda Katz, M.D., director, FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors, will offer insights into what the regulated community can expect in the months and years to come. 

As consumers become increasingly interested in the health of their skin, there is also ever-increasing opportunity (and risk) for companies formulating new products to meet consumer needs. Raqiyyah Pippins, Arnold & Porter, 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 companies consider what claims can be made about their cosmetics and personal care products, it is important to know the rules of the road. Companies are facing increasingly “informed” consumers whose understanding of particular claims may differ from that intended by the manufacturer. What is “natural,” “organic” or “free of”? Expert panelists will focus on how to properly navigate the panoply of challenges companies face in advertising their products and truthfully informing consumers.

About the Speakers

Marietta Jo, General Counsel, Supergoop!

Annie M. Ugurlayan, Assistant Director, National Advertising Division of BBB National Programs, New York

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, Perkins Coie, will discuss the changing regulatory landscape and recent litigation trends in the “eco-friendly” beauty space. Topics will include potential updates to the FTC’s Green Guides, new FDA warning letters on labeling claims and deceptive advertising, compliant product labeling, claim substantiation and potential defenses to “clean”-related litigation. 

Kristine Kruger
Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie, Seattle, Wash.

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 makeup 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, which are not part of product liability. Whether its virtual try-ons, allegations of being duped by marketing campaigns, nuisance claims or biometrics, this panel will outline evolving approaches being used by plaintiff’s lawyers to create new revenue sources at the expense of personal care companies.

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.

In recent years, governments around the world have introduced major initiatives to promote environmental sustainability and a circular economy. These include the EU Green Deal, Europe’s comprehensive “moonshot” program to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050; measures affecting packaging; expansive EPR requirements; and many more.  This panel of cosmetics industry association leaders will provide information and insights about the environmental regulatory developments in their regions and how the global cosmetics industry is responding.

About the Speakers

Francine Lamoriello
EVP, Global Strategies, PCPC (Moderator)

Gerald Renner
Director Technical Regulatory & International Affairs, Cosmetics Europe

Darren Praznik
President & CEO, Cosmetics Alliance Canada

Carlos Berzunza
President, CASIC

As countries around the world seek to improve air quality through reduced VOC emissions, it is important to be aware of any requirements or differences that impact your company.  Mary Ellen Perkin will provide an overview of Canada’s new VOC rulemaking and highlight specific areas of concern for the personal care industry.

About the Speaker

Mary Ellen Perkin
Manager, Consumer and Cleaning Products, Environment and Climate Change

The last few years has seen a dramatic uptick in state laws around packaging. From claims and labeling to PCR mandates to EPR stewardship, companies are increasingly being asked to mitigate the environmental impacts of their product packaging. Our speaker will provide an overview of these new regulatory requirements and what companies can expect going forward.

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.







Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

1 rue des Carrières CITQ No. 040703
Québec City – Quebec G1R 4P5, Canada
Tel: +1 418 692 3861

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: $1,395
Nonmember Price: $2,600

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Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing by email to by April 10, 2023, will receive a full refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after April 10, 2023. Registration fees are transferable to another employee within your company.