Statement by the Personal Care Products Council on the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee’s Markup of Cosmetics Reform Legislation

March 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. — “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies are proud of our longstanding commitment to work with all stakeholders to modernize federal regulatory oversight for cosmetics and personal care products. We very much appreciate Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) and Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) for their leadership to update the regulatory system for the cosmetics and personal care sector. We also appreciate members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee for advancing the Cosmetic Safety Enhancement Act of 2020 (H.R. 5279) in a bipartisan manner. In particular, we are pleased with the amendment addressing cosmetic safety provisions for women and girls of color.

“As part of our ongoing efforts toward cosmetics reform, PCPC and its member companies support a set of principles to guide bipartisan legislative action, many of which mirror protections applied to other products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Our commitment to reform remains strong. We look forward to working through the remaining issues with Chairman Pallone, Ranking Member Walden, Congressman Shimkus, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and other stakeholders to create a more modernized regulatory system for the personal care products sector—a system that advances innovation, safety and consumer confidence.”


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, PCPC’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.