Statement by the leading trade associations for the cosmetics and personal care products industry in the United States, Canada and Mexico on the US, Mexico Canada Agreement



Contact:            Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489,

Susan Nieuwhof, (647) 980-5161,

Giselle Segovia, (52)(55)55752121, ext. 112,


Washington, D.C. – The United States Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), Cosmetics Alliance Canada (CA), and the Mexican Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Productos Cosmeticos y la Asociación Nacional de la Industria del Cuidado Personal y del Hogar (CANIPEC), representing our member companies, congratulate all three Governments and their respective trade negotiators on reaching a tri-lateral agreement to modernize NAFTA (now USMCA).

We believe USMCA will provide our industry with further opportunities to grow regionall­y and will contribute to our industry’s competitiveness around the world. In particular, we are optimistic about the high standard Cosmetics Annex to the USMCA, which commits all three countries to good regulatory practices for our sector. The US-Canada Appendix to the Annex uniquely recognizes the importance of regulatory alignment for OTC-like products and will have a significant commercial benefit for our member companies.

For more than 25 years, NAFTA has allowed our industry to become exceptionally efficient, innovative and competitive from an integrated North American base.  Having the benefits of a tariff-free North American base has enabled our manufacturers to become highly integrated in supply, manufacturing and distribution channels, and to support many thousands of good paying jobs.

We look forward to supporting the ratification of the USMCA in our respective legislatures, and to working with our regulators and trade officials to pursue the promised further regulatory alignment of ingredient nomenclature and other labeling requirements.


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.

Cosmetics Alliance Canada (formerly the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association) is the leading Canadian trade association representing the cosmetics and personal care products industry.  We act as the principal voice of the industry with government and media, representing members on a wide range of issues and interests. Founded in 1928, the alliance includes more than 150 member companies who manufacture, distribute, and supply personal care products marketed in Canada. These products are essential to living better, healthier lives and include everything from soap, shampoo, and toothpaste to moisturizer, lipstick, and sunscreen. As the makers of such a diverse range of products millions of consumers use every day, our members are committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

CANIPEC – A Mexican Industry representation organization formed by the National Chamber of the Cosmetic Products Industry and by the National Association of the Personal and Home Care Products Industry AC – and represents producers, distributors, manufacturers, suppliers of raw materials and exporters of this sector covering approximately 80% of the formal Mexican market that generates more than 180 thousand direct and indirect jobs. In 2017, it reported exports are 3,428 MDD in personal care products and a market value of 9,448 MDD. As part of its vision CANIPEC promotes initiatives that respond to the current and future needs of personal care products´ consumers.