Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO Personal Care Products Council on the Reintroduction of the Personal Care Products Safety Act


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Jamie Kurke, (202) 454-0316,

 Washington, D.C. — “The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies stand united in our longstanding commitment to work with all stakeholders to modernize federal regulatory oversight for cosmetics and personal care products. We greatly appreciate the strong bipartisan leadership in Congress to create a more contemporary regulatory system for the cosmetics and personal care sector, and especially thank Senator Feinstein and Senator Collins for their leadership on this important issue.

“PCPC has been working for many years with a bipartisan group of leaders in Congress and a diverse group of interested parties. We believe strongly that any legislation moved in the 116th Congress should have broad bipartisan support.

“Several legislative proposals have emerged over the years and we hope the 116th Congress provides an opportunity to find a conclusive and strong bipartisan compromise. As part of our ongoing commitment toward modernization, PCPC and its member companies support a set of principles to guide legislative action.

“While we believe our products are one of the safest categories the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates, we support modernizing the Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act to ensure FDA has the appropriate authority and resources to regulate cosmetic products in the 21st century.  Over the last decade, our commitment to reform has not wavered.  We believe that well-crafted, science-based reforms—applied on a consistent basis nationwide by FDA—will enhance our industry’s ability to innovate and further strengthen consumer confidence in the products they trust and use every day.

“As different approaches are considered, we look forward to continuing to work with partners in the NGO community and interested members of Congress, including Senators Feinstein and Collins, Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, Chairman Pallone and Rep. Shimkus 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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