Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO Personal Care Products Council on the Introduction of the FDA Cosmetic Safety and Modernization Act (S.2003)

Washington, D.C. — “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies are proud of our longstanding commitment to work with all stakeholders to modernize federal regulatory oversight for cosmetics and personal care products.  We greatly appreciate Senator Hatch’s leadership in introducing legislation to update the regulatory system for the cosmetics and personal care sector. The introduction of the FDA Cosmetic Safety and Modernization Act is an important step forward.  Additionally, significant bipartisan work has been done over the years. We urge Congress to move swiftly to pass cosmetics legislation this year.

“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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Decades of consumer experience with our products demonstrate that they are one of the safest categories regulated by FDA.  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.

“Our commitment to reform remains strong.  We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Hatch, members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sponsors of similar legislation, including Senators Feinstein and Collins, and other interested stakeholders to create a more modernized regulatory system for the personal care products sector—a system that advances innovation, safety and consumer confidence.”