Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO Personal Care Products Council on FDA Statement Regarding Cosmetics Safety



Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489,
Jamie Kurke, (202) 454-0316,

Washington, D.C., – “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies are united in our continued commitment to modernize federal regulatory oversight for cosmetics and personal care products. We appreciate Commissioner Gottlieb and Dr. Mayne’s leadership on this important issue, and support several of the recommendations in their recent statement. We join their call and urge Congress to move swiftly to pass bipartisan cosmetics legislation this year.

“As noted by Commissioner Gottlieb and Dr. Mayne, cosmetics products are one of the safest categories regulated by FDA, a fact that has been borne out by decades of consumer experience with our products. Given the industry’s scientific rigor and commitment to consumer safety, we support modernizing cosmetics regulation to ensure FDA has the appropriate resources and administrative authority to continue to oversee our products. We also believe strongly 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 enjoy every day.

“As part of our ongoing efforts toward cosmetics reform, PCPC and its member companies support a set of principles to guide bipartisan legislative action, which mirrors protections applied to other products regulated by the FDA.

“Currently, cosmetics companies are responsible for obtaining all data and information needed to substantiate the safety of their products before introducing them into the marketplace. Raw material suppliers also bear responsibility for substantiating safety of the ingredients they supply to the cosmetics industry. Any product or ingredient for which safety is not adequately substantiated prior to marketing is considered misbranded and must have a warning label. With that said, our industry recognizes that the law should keep pace with innovation and scientific advancements which is why our commitment to reform has not wavered.

“We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with FDA and other stakeholders to create a more contemporary regulatory system for the personal care products sector—one that advances safety, innovation and consumer confidence.”

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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.

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