Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO Personal Care Products Council on the Confirmation of Stephen Hahn, M.D., as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration



Jewel Jones (202) 454-0302,

Jamie Kurke (202) 454-0316,

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The Personal Care Products Council congratulates Stephen Hahn, M.D., on his confirmation as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Hahn is well qualified for the position and brings a strong reputation for protecting public health and advancing scientific innovation.

“Consumer and product safety are top priorities for cosmetics and personal care products companies, with careful and thorough scientific research and development serving as the foundation for everything they do.  Our products are among the safest product categories regulated by FDA. Each year, our member companies invest nearly $3 billion in scientific research and development. As a result of this work, approximately 2,000 new products are introduced each year, providing consumers with a wide range of safe, quality and innovative choices. Companies take their responsibility for consumer and product safety very seriously.

“We share Dr. Hahn’s commitment to public health and safety, while also supporting innovation that enables companies to continue to provide safe and effective products that use the latest research and technological advances.

“We congratulate Dr. Hahn on his confirmation, and we look forward to working with him to ensure that well-crafted, science-based regulations 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.