News Room

Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO Personal Care Products Council on the introduction of the Personal Care Products Safety Act

May 11, 2017


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

Washington, D.C. — “The Personal Care Products Council (the Council) and its member companies reiterate our steadfast commitment to work with all stakeholders to modernize federal regulatory oversight for cosmetics and personal care products.  We greatly appreciate Senator Feinstein and Senator Collins’ leadership in introducing legislation to update the regulatory system for the cosmetics and personal care sector.  The introduction of the Personal Care Products Safety Act is a move in the right direction, and we applaud the Senators’ efforts in bringing multiple and diverse stakeholders together to address reform. 

“For nearly a decade, the Council has worked with a bipartisan group of leaders in Congress and a diverse group of interested parties.  We believe strongly that any legislation should have broad bipartisan support.

“Decades of consumer experience with our products demonstrate that they are one of the safest product categories regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Given the industry’s scientific rigor and commitment to consumer safety, we support modernizing cosmetics regulation to ensure FDA has the appropriate resources and administrative authority to oversee our products.  Over the last decade, our commitment to reform has not waivered.  We firmly believe that well-crafted, science-based reforms will enhance our industry’s ability to innovate and further strengthen consumer confidence in the products they use and trust every day. 

“As part of our ongoing commitment toward modernization, the Council and its member companies support a set of principles to guide bipartisan legislative action.  While some changes to the original bill have been made, others are needed to ensure the success for regulatory reform.    

“We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Feinstein and Senator Collins, members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and other relevant stakeholders to create a more modernized regulatory system for the personal care products sector – a system that advances innovation, safety and consumer confidence.”  

For more information on cosmetic and personal care products and their ingredients, please visit  Based in Washington, DC, 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 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.

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