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Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO Personal Care Products Council On the Confirmation of Scott Gottlieb, M.D., as FDA Commissioner  

May 9, 2017


Contact:  Lisa Powers, (202) 297-1232 or Lauren Brady (202) 454-0316

Washington, D.C.—“The Personal Care Products Council congratulates Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on his confirmation as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Dr. Gottlieb is well qualified for the position and brings a strong reputation for protecting public health. 

“Consumer and product safety are top priorities for the cosmetics and personal care products industry, with careful and thorough scientific research and development serving as the foundation for everything we do.  Our products are among the safest product categories regulated by the FDA.  

“Personal care products companies invest nearly $3 billion each year in scientific research and development.  As a result of this research, approximately 2,000 new products are introduced each year, providing consumers with a wide range of safe, quality and innovative choices.  Numerous scientific, peer-reviewed papers are published on enhancing and developing new safety methods.  Companies take their responsibility for consumer and product safety very seriously.

“We share Dr. Gottlieb’s commitment to public health and safety, while also supporting innovation that enables companies to continue to provide safe and effective products that use the latest research and technological advances. 

“We congratulate Dr. Gottlieb on his confirmation, and we look forward to working with him to ensure that well-crafted, science-based regulations enhance our industry’s ability to innovate and further strengthen consumer confidence in the products they trust and enjoy every day.” 

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 represents approximately 600 member companies who 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.  For more information on cosmetics and personal care products, visit