Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO, Personal Care Products Council, on the Introduction of the SHOP SAFE Act of 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. — “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies appreciate House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY); Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Chairman Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA); Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Ranking Member Darrel Issa (R-CA); and Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA) for introducing the Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-Commerce (SHOP SAFE) Act of 2021. We strongly support its passage.
“E-commerce platforms create opportunities for legitimate companies to grow and reach new consumers, providing them with more choices and greater convenience. However, the current structure is vulnerable to exploitation and contributes significantly to a rise in illicit trade. Counterfeit personal care products damage businesses, disregard regulatory protections and more importantly threaten consumers’ health and safety.
“Consumers should have the same assurance that the products they purchase online are as safe and effective as the products they purchase in a brick and mortar store. Our member companies invest substantial resources to ensure the safety and quality of their products and U.S. laws hold our members accountable for doing so. The SHOP SAFE Act would even the playing field.
“We encourage Congress to establish a system that makes online marketplaces and others responsible for ensuring that products on their e-commerce platforms comply with U.S. laws and regulations. Legislation should also establish a minimum threshold for submission and validation of identification, banking and product authentication documentation to provide consumers greater confidence that the products they purchase are authentic and safe.
“We look forward to working with members of Congress and other stakeholders to raise awareness and develop solutions to combat the online sale of counterfeit products and establish stronger consumer protections.”
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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the leading national trade association representing global cosmetics and personal care products companies. 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 and trust every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.