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Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO The Personal Care Products Council on the Introduction of the Personal Care Products Safety Act by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

April 20, 2015

Contact:  Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489 or Hayley James, (202) 454-0302

Washington, DC – “For more than five years, the Personal Care Products Council and its member companies have worked collaboratively with Members of Congress seeking  to reform federal regulatory oversight for cosmetics and personal care products.  We support the creation of a national standard that maintains the continued safety of our products while providing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with additional regulatory authority over our industry. While we believe our products are the safest category that FDA regulates, we also believe well-crafted, science-based reforms will enhance industry’s ability to innovate and further strengthen consumer confidence in the products they trust and use every day.  The current patchwork regulatory approach with varying state bills does not achieve this goal. 
“Given this history and the complexities of both the legislative and regulatory process, we greatly appreciate Senator Feinstein’s leadership in introducing legislation to create a more contemporary regulatory system for the cosmetics and personal care sector.  The introduction of the Personal Care Products Safety Act is an important and positive step forward.  Furthermore, we applaud the Senator’s efforts in bringing multiple stakeholders together to address reform.
“We look forward to continuing our work with Senator Feinstein, Senator Collins, members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and other relevant stakeholders to further strengthen the bill and move it forward in Congress.  And, we remain firmly committed to ensuring FDA has the appropriate funding, resources and administrative authority over our products for the 21st Century.” 

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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.