Statement by Francine Lamoriello, EVP, Global Strategies, Personal Care Products Council, Applauding the Ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement



Jewel Jones (202) 454-0302,

Jamie Kurke (202) 258-5285,

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) applauds the U.S. Congress for its swift bipartisan passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and congratulates the Administration for this major undertaking, which successfully renegotiates NAFTA and brings North American trade into the 21st century. We have been a strong supporter of USMCA from the first negotiations to today’s ratification.

“PCPC believes the Agreement provides our industry with further opportunities to grow regionally and contribute to our competitiveness around the world. Of particular note is the high standard Cosmetics Annex, the first of its kind, which commits all three countries to good regulatory practices for the cosmetics and personal care sector.

“The U.S.-Canada Appendix to the Annex uniquely recognizes the importance of regulatory alignment for OTC-like products and will have significant commercial benefit for our member companies. It is our hope that this Annex will serve as a model for including our sector in all U.S. free trade agreements in the future.”

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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, 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.