Message from President & CEO Lezlee Westine about COVID-19, March 20, 2020
We live in uncertain times, but one thing that is certain is the Personal Care Products Council’s commitment and service to its member companies and the families that trust and use their products every day. Our member companies are working to do their part to help mitigate this global crisis. As an industry dedicated to safety, we understand the importance of credible, factual information, especially during these challenging times, and are taking this opportunity to update you on recent actions we have taken.
Keeping People Safe
Our industry takes the safety, health and well-being of our employees, the families who use our products every day, and the communities worldwide where our companies operate. We are proud to produce some of the essential products used to fight novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.
In an effort to comply with health authorities’ recommendations for social distancing and in an abundance of caution, PCPC closed our offices, and staff is working remotely to maintain business continuity and operational functions. We also postponed all in-person meetings and events until the current situation changes.
Each of our member companies is keeping the safety and health of their employees as their main priority. Many have instituted teleworking procedures, travel restrictions, canceling in-person meetings and other actions recommended by federal, state and local health authorities to implement prevention best practices.
Working with Government Agencies
While member companies are focused on their employees’ safety and their ability to bring to market the essential products that help fight the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19, PCPC is working on the industry’s behalf with U.S. and foreign governments to ensure supply chain remains safe and active, and manufacturing operations are not negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation requirements and restrictions. For example, we recently worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide temporary guidance giving manufacturers flexibility to meet the demand for alcohol-based hand sanitizer products to increase the supply available to Americans.
Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Companies Doing Their Part
In addition to ensuring product safety and business continuity, cosmetics and personal care products companies continue their commitment to giving back to their communities.
Some member companies are switching production in some of their factories to increase the production of hand sanitizer and other essential products to ease shortages of these critical products. Millions of units of essential products are being provided to hospitals, partner pharmacies, food distribution organizations and others. Those who provide product to beauty industry businesses are relaxing or freezing payments so those businesses can maintain their operations. Many companies are also making generous donations and investments to help support the recovery from the impact of the pandemic.
In light of growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, we hope these resources will help you navigate the best way to protect the health and well-being of you, your family and your community:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
- American Cleaning Institute (ACI)
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- PCPC COVID-19 Command Center
We will provide regular updates on this page as the situation changes.
We hope you, your families and your communities stay healthy and safe during these trying times.