Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO Personal Care Products Council, on the Pallone/Shimkus Discussion Draft


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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 Chairman Frank Pallone’s (D-NJ) and Congressman John Shimkus’ (R-IL) leadership to update the regulatory system for the cosmetics and personal care sector.

“As part of our ongoing efforts toward cosmetics reform, PCPC and its member companies support a set of principles to guide bipartisan legislative action, many of which mirror 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 use every day.

“PCPC and our member companies remain united in our commitment to reform.  We look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Pallone, Congressman Shimkus, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and other relevant stakeholders to create a more modernized regulatory system for the personal care products sector—a system that advances innovation, safety 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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