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Statement By Lezlee Westine President And CEO Of The Personal Care Products Council In Response To The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 Introduced Today In Congress By Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Edward Markey (D-MA) And Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

June 24, 2011

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“We agree with Reps. Schakowsky, Markey and Baldwin about the need for certain provisions of the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to be modernized in order to keep pace with evolving science and the growth of our industry.  To that end, we are working with the House Energy & Commerce Committee leadership to propose reasonable, science-based changes to the law that will meaningfully enhance cosmetics regulation without over burdening FDA or imposing costly and unnecessary restrictions on business.  
“We are committed to working with the Committee leadership to enhance FDA oversight and give the agency the information and flexibility it needs to continue to ensure consumer safety and safeguard public health.  Last July, our industry was the first to propose such legislation, which would also provide the business certainty companies need to continue to innovate, grow and create new manufacturing jobs in the U.S. 
“We are still reviewing the provisions of Rep. Schakowsky’s new bill, but we are very concerned that, as written, it contains provisions that will place unnecessary burdens on FDA and businesses of all sizes and may compromise jobs without providing meaningful benefits to consumers.
“Strong federal safety requirements already govern cosmetics and personal care products sold in the U.S. The safety of cosmetic and personal care products in the U.S. is overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), which requires that all cosmetics be substantiated for safety before they are marketed, contain no prohibited ingredients, and that all labeling and packaging be in compliance with U.S. regulations. Under the FD&C Act it is a crime to market an unsafe cosmetic product."


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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, the Council's more than 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.