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Statement by Lezlee Westine, President & CEO Personal Care Products Council on FDA's Proposed 2013 Budget and User Fees for Cosmetics Industry

February 14, 2012

Contact: Kathleen Dezio, 202/454-0302 or Lisa Powers, 202/466-0489

“While we fully support an effective FDA, we do not believe this new proposal for significantly expanding user fees is justified.  We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration on making sure this essential agency has the mandate, focus and resources needed to succeed.

“While we understand the budgetary constraints of the agency in the current environment and are aware of its interest in new user fees, we were disappointed to see significant user fees on our industry proposed in the 2013 budget.  We have opposed user fees in the past, and we continue to have grave concerns about the necessity of imposing burdensome user fees on our industry now, especially in the absence of a demonstrated need that would warrant fees of this magnitude.”


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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.