Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO on the Introduction of the Cosmetic Safety Enhancement Act of 2019 by Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ)



Lisa Powers (202) 466-0489,

Jewel Jones (202) 454-0302,

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies stand united in our longstanding commitment to work with all stakeholders to modernize federal regulatory oversight for cosmetics and personal care products. We appreciate Chairman Frank Pallone’s (D-NJ) leadership in advancing a Committee process to solicit views from a diverse group of stakeholders for a more contemporary legislative framework for oversight of the cosmetics and personal care sector.

“The introduction of the Cosmetic Safety Enhancement Act of 2019 is an important step forward for cosmetics reform, and we intend to work with the Committee as this process advances to finalize a bipartisan bill that can ultimately, become law – a goal we have all shared for more than a decade. As part of our ongoing commitment toward modernizing the regulatory system for our sector, PCPC and its member companies support a set of principles to guide legislative action.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Committee to advance legislation that:

  • Ensures national uniformity for consumers and companies;
  • Establishes a comprehensive, streamlined regulatory framework that facilitates FDA’s ability to implement and enforce and does not create impediments to compliance for small and medium sized businesses;
  • Aligns cosmetics oversight with FDA authority and practice in other regulated areas, appropriately calibrated for the excellent safety record of cosmetics products;
  • Creates an FDA cosmetic ingredient review process that is meaningful and workable; and
  • Implements a user fee program that ensures FDA has the resources it needs to adequately execute its new authorities, appropriately reflecting shared responsibility between public funding through appropriations and industry support, and with clear metrics for measuring progress.

“We strongly believe that well-crafted, science-based reforms will enhance our industry’s ability to innovate and further strengthen consumer confidence in the products they trust and use every day.”


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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.