Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO, Personal Care Products Council, on Dr. Robert Califf’s Confirmation as FDA Commissioner



Lisa Powers,, (202) 297-1232
Stefanie Harrington,, (202) 615-6558
Jamie Kurke,, (202) 258-5285

Washington, D.C. — “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) congratulates Robert M. Califf, M.D., on his confirmation as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Califf is well qualified for the position, bringing to the role previous experience as head of the agency, a strong commitment to protecting public health and a long-standing dedication to science-based decision-making.

“Consumer and product safety are top priorities for the beauty and personal care industry, with careful and thorough scientific research and development serving as the foundation for everything we do. PCPC member companies invest nearly $3 billion each year in R&D – research that allows our industry to introduce approximately 2,000 new products annually and provide consumers with a wide range of choices. PCPC shares Dr. Califf’s commitment to public health and supports innovation that enables our member companies to continue to use the latest scientific research and technological advances to develop safe, high-quality products.

“We congratulate Dr. Califf on his confirmation and look forward to working with him to ensure that well-crafted, science-based regulations enhance our members’ ability to innovate and further strengthen consumer confidence in the personal care products they trust and use every day.”


Founded in 1894, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the voice and advocate for 600 member companies representing the $484.1 billion global cosmetics and personal care products industry. PCPC’s members represent approximately 90% of the U.S. beauty industry and are some of the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today. As the manufacturers, distributers and suppliers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – PCPC’s member companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation. For more information on cosmetics and personal care products, please visit