To New Beginnings…


Lezlee Westine
President & CEO, Personal Care Products Council

We will soon celebrate a new decade, just as the Personal Care Products Council’s (PCPC) 125th anniversary year comes to an end. So much has happened over the last decade and the last year. I remain incredibly proud to be a part of this industry and of the work of PCPC’s staff on behalf of our member companies and consumers around the world.

Our organization advocates for modern government policies, sound science and global access, while working to strengthen public trust in the beauty and personal care industry.

In 2019, we continued to work with policymakers and advocacy groups to modernize state and federal laws. I’ve shared my perspective on the importance of modernizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s regulatory structure for cosmetics. Our Executive Vice President of Global Advocacy, Francine Lamoriello, has written about how the Humane Cosmetics Act brings us closer to eliminating the need for animal testing with a historic agreement reached with the Humane Society. You may have read a statement from our Chief Scientist, Alex Kowcz, on the critical public health benefit of sunscreens or testimony from Dr. Jay Ansell, Vice President of Cosmetic Programs, which he delivered before California’s assembly committee on environmental safety. From cosmetics reform and animal testing to sunscreens and ingredient safety, we’ve been actively engaging leaders around the world to ensure policies are rooted in the best available science and to reiterate our commitment to communities far and wide.

We have also made investments to advance our industry’s approach to sustainability—an important industry-wide initiative that our members will hear about during our Annual Meeting next March. Our companies are committed to creating a more beautiful world. PCPC’s sustainability program honors that commitment through our focus on four key areas: dynamic economic growth, exemplary citizenship, environmental stewardship, and ethical and transparent practices.

We value the important role that cosmetics and personal care products have played in the lives of families for generations, and we remain dedicated to advocating for our industry’s ability to deliver safe, quality, and innovative products that enhance consumers health and well-being.

2020 will be an exciting year for the beauty and personal care industry. I look forward to continuing our work together.

Happy Holidays.

Humane Cosmetics Act Brings Us Closer to Eliminating Need for Animal Testing for Cosmetics


Francine Lamoriello

EVP, Global Strategies, Personal Care Products Council

It’s often said that the most challenging part of a marathon is the final mile. The goal of eliminating animal testing is a similar journey – one that cosmetics and personal care products companies have been at the forefront of for more than 40 years. The industry has significantly reduced the use of animals in product safety testing through substantial investments in research and development of alternative methods and strategies that do not rely on animals. We are proud of the progress that has been made so far and are committed to the goal of completely eliminating the need for animal testing to assure cosmetic product safety.

Widespread use of non-animal approaches throughout our supply chains is an important and necessary goal to assure our vision. In an effort to harmonize and encourage global adoption of modern approaches to safety assessment, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) works closely with international regulators in the International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR), and we encourage regulatory acceptance of non-animal approaches in every country where our members sell their products. We continue to work closely with our partners, including Cruelty Free International (CFI) and the Humane Society of the United States to advance policies that support improvements in legislation, regulation and science.

We reached a critical milestone in 2019 with the introduction in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives of the Humane Cosmetics Act. The bill prohibits new animal testing of cosmetics and their ingredients and prohibits the sale in the United States of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Specifically, the legislation:

Prohibits animal testing and bans the use of evidence from animal testing to establish the safety of a cosmetic or cosmetic ingredient unless there is no non-animal alternative method or strategy recognized by any Federal agency or the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development for the relevant safety endpoints and other very strict criteria are met.

Requires the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote scientific advancements in this area.

Bans cosmetics manufacturers from including “cruelty free” claims on their packaging if animal testing data was used to establish the safety of the product or any of its ingredients.

Creates a national uniform standard for animal welfare.

Eliminating animal testing in an ambitious goal. Working with animal welfare groups and members of Congress to enact this important legislation helps us protect animal welfare while supporting the continued development of safe and innovative cosmetics and personal care products.

You can read more about the legislation here in a bill summary developed by the Personal Care Products Council and the Humane Society of the United States.

Humane Groups and Cosmetics Trade Association Join Together to Support Introduction of Bipartisan Humane Cosmetics Act


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:

Emily Ehrhorn, (202) 779-1814, eehrhorn@humanesociety.org

Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Personal Care Products Council issue the following joint statement on the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the U.S. Senate, S. 2886, and U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 5141:

“Today marks a historic moment with the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the Senate by Sens. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., Ken Calvert, R-Calif., and Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif. In the true spirit of collaboration, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Personal Care Products Council encourage expeditious bipartisan passage of the legislation in this Congress.

“Our precedent-setting support brings together the personal care products industry and animal advocacy community. We stand firm in our shared goal to eliminate new cosmetics animal testing and promote recognition, and acceptance of alternative approaches to cosmetics safety assessments.

“We applaud these members of Congress for driving this important bipartisan effort to introduce the Humane Cosmetics Act. This consensus among diverse stakeholders was essential, and enactment of this legislation is critically important to ensure a uniform standard for animal welfare, while continuing to support the development of safe and innovative cosmetics and personal care products.

“We look forward to working with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders, and other key stakeholders, to help enact the Humane Cosmetics Act in this Congress.”

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Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates around the globe fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, the HSUS takes on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries, and together with its affiliates, rescues and provides direct care for over 100,000 animals every year. The HSUS works on reforming corporate policy, improving and enforcing laws and elevating public awareness on animal issues. More at humanesociety.org

Subscribe to Kitty Block’s blog, A Humane World. Follow the HSUS Media Relations department on Twitter. Read the award-winning All Animals magazine. Listen to the Humane Voices Podcast.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. Visit us on all our channels: on the web at hslf.org, on our blog at animalsandpolitics.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/humanelegislation and on Twitter at twitter.com/HSLegFund.

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 approximately 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the United States. 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, lipstick, and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to safety, quality, and innovation. For more information about cosmetics and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

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PCPC Supports FDA Modernization


Lezlee Westine
President & CEO
Personal Care Products Council

The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies support modernizing the Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act to ensure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the appropriate authority and resources to regulate cosmetic products in the 21st century.

Decades of consumer experience with our products demonstrate they are among the safest product categories regulated by the FDA. Nevertheless, we believe well-crafted, science-based reforms will support the industry’s ability to innovate and further strengthen consumer confidence in our products.

For more than a decade, PCPC and its member companies have worked with a bipartisan group of leaders in Congress and a diverse group of interested parties to create a more contemporary regulatory system for the cosmetics and personal care sectors.

We believe a comprehensive national program, based on the best available science, is needed to ensure uniform regulation of cosmetics throughout the country, in order to prevent an unworkable patchwork of differing state requirements across the nation.

Our member companies endorse a set of reform principles, including:

Mandatory Registration: Establish mandatory foreign and domestic manufacturing registration and ingredient reporting by manufacturers for all cosmetic products sold in the U.S.;

Adverse Event Reporting: Require mandatory reporting by manufacturers to FDA of serious and unexpected adverse health events from a cosmetic product marketed and used in the U.S.;

Mandatory Recall: Provide FDA authority to order a mandatory recall of a product if a manufacturer refuses to comply with an FDA request for a voluntary recall;

FDA Cosmetic Ingredient Review: Create an FDA program authorized to review the safety of individual cosmetic ingredients and nonfunctional constituents;

Cosmetic Records Inspection: Allow FDA to inspect a manufacturer’s records if FDA has a reasonable belief that a cosmetic product presents a health threat;

Safety Substantiation: Require manufacturers to substantiate the safety of cosmetic products and ingredients;

Alternatives to Animal Testing: Encourage FDA approval of alternatives to animal testing;

National Program Uniformity: Preempt state and local laws that would duplicate new authorities in FDA regulation of cosmetics; and

Importation: Bar importation of cosmetics produced outside the U.S. where the manufacturing facility or ingredient statement has not been registered with FDA.

Regulators, legislators, nongovernmental organizations, and industry are all on the same side when it comes to modernizing the FDA.

As different approaches are considered, we look forward to continuing to work with partners in the NGO community and leaders in 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 supports FDA’s public health mission, advances safety, innovation, and consumer confidence.

Personal Care Products Industry Shares Goal with Governor Brown to Protect Consumer & Animal Welfare in California


For Immediate Release

Contact:        Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489, powersl@personalcarecouncil.org

Jewel Jones, (202) 454-0302, jonesj@personalcarecouncil.org

 

Washington, D.C. – The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) appreciates Governor Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 1249 (Galgiani), the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act – another step forward in product safety testing that considers consumer protection and animal welfare.

“On behalf of the 415,000 Californians employed by the personal care products industry and our coalition of health, labor, science, and business organizations, we thank Governor Brown for signing this important bill into law. The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act is pragmatic legislation that balances animal welfare, regulatory requirements, and decades of science,” said Lezlee Westine, President and CEO of the Personal Care Products Council.

SB 1249 bans the sale of personal care products developed using animal testing by the manufacturer or their direct suppliers after January 1, 2020. The bill makes important exemptions, including for products and ingredients already available for sale in California, for example, or those that need to comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or foreign governments’ testing requirements.

“The Personal Care Products Council and its member companies have worked with policy makers to achieve regulatory and scientific advancements that will move the world closer to eliminating the need for animals in product safety testing. For nearly four decades, both in the U.S. and globally, our companies have been at the forefront of the movement to develop viable alternative safety assessment methods, and we will continue to work towards this important charge,” Westine added.

When advocating for this legislation that advances animal welfare without sacrificing jobs and public health, PCPC was joined by a broad coalition, which included the United Food & Commercial Workers, California Retailers Association, California Chamber of Commerce, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, the Congress of California Seniors, and the California Life Sciences Association, among many others.

Governor Brown’s signature on the final version of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act achieves critical goals to:

  • Keep existing products on California’s shelves by applying the law only to new products and ingredients that come to market after January 1, 2020;
  • Protect public health by making select exemptions for products that undergo animal testing mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other regulators;
  • Hold personal care products manufacturers accountable for ensuring animal testing is not performed by their direct suppliers;
  • Allow California companies to continue operating in international markets;
  • Protect 415,000 California jobs in the personal care products industry; and
  • Allow Californians to continue using the personal care products they rely on every day.

The full text of the bill can be found here.


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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Statement by John Hurson, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, Personal Care Products Council on the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2858)


“We appreciate the intent of Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ), Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Representatives Joe Heck (R-NV) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) introducing H.R. 2858 – legislation that would eliminate the need to conduct animal testing for cosmetics and personal care products – a stance that echoes our industry’s longstanding commitment on this issue.  We look forward to our ongoing dialogue with their respective offices about how best to achieve these goals in a way that doesn’t compromise consumer safety or companies’ ability to innovate and make important new products available to consumers.

“As this legislation continues to evolve, it is important for the public and policymakers to understand the following:

  • Cosmetics companies largely stopped animal testing on finished products in the 1980s.
  • Companies now only consider animal testing when mandated by government bodies or for safety evaluations of new ingredients when no viable alternative is available.
  • Our industry has long advocated for government recognition and acceptance of alternative testing methods.  Unfortunately, the Food & Drug Administration has not recognized many alternative tests – we hope removing this obstacle will emerge as a key provision of H.R. 2858.
  • We have been at the forefront in developing alternatives to animal testing.  Our industry has invested hundreds of millions of dollars over the past several decades to develop scientifically valid alternative safety testing methods.  This research began in 1981 with a $1-million industry grant to establish the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. We have continued to foster research programs that will eliminate the need for animal testing.

“Consumer and product safety remains a top priority for our industry.  We will continue our commitment to the development of additional alternative testing methodologies that will ensure the safety of new cosmetic ingredients without the use of animal testing.  We look forward to working with Congress to achieve a responsible approach – one that ensures ongoing innovation and the proven track record of safety that consumers enjoy when using our products.”