Linda Loretz, Ph.D., is PCPC’s Chief Toxicologist and Director, Safety and Regulatory Toxicology. In this position, she addresses safety and toxicology issues related to cosmetic ingredients and products. Dr. Loretz oversees the activities of the Council’s Safety and Regulatory Toxicology Committee and CIR Science and Support Committee. She coordinates and monitors toxicology studies and risk assessments; informs member companies regarding safety developments; and provides comments to regulatory agencies on issues relevant to the industry. Before joining PCPC, Dr. Loretz worked at the Pillsbury Company where she worked on toxicology and regulatory issues relating to food products, including ingredient safety and labeling, chemical residue/contaminant issues, and management of food allergens. She has also worked for the Monsanto Company, developing toxicological databases for pesticide safety assessments and registration. Dr. Loretz received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California-Davis, and Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and a member of the Society of Toxicology, and has authored numerous journal articles and other scientific publications.