Landmark legislation: Fragrance Creators and PCPC embrace US federal cosmetics law reform
22 Dec 2022 --- The federal cosmetics law in the FY2023 omnibus appropriations bill has been updated in what has been described as “long-awaited” landmark legislation, which advances product safety and innovation for the science-driven beauty and personal care industry. The legislation is also expected to reinforce consumer confidence.
Fragrance Creators Association stated it would engage with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure a strong federal role and proper implementation of the cosmetics modernization provisions related to fragrance.
“We applaud the inclusion of the ‘Modernization of Cosmetics Regulations Act’ in the FY2023 omnibus appropriations bill. This will create a modern cosmetics regulatory framework – including for fragrances in cosmetics – designed to advance sound science, safety, innovation, and consumer confidence,” says Farah K. Ahmed, president & CEO of the Fragrance Creators Association.
Fragrance Creators is the trade association representing the majority of fragrance manufacturing in North America and administers the Congressional Fragrance Caucus.
However, Ahmed cautioned: “While we are pleased that cosmetics regulations are now coming in line with the needs of the 21st century, we remain concerned that future individual state actions could negatively impact competition, limit innovation and cause consumer confusion.”
Contemporary approach welcomed
The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies have applauded Congress for including legislation that modernizes federal regulatory oversight of cosmetics and personal care products and creates a comprehensive and uniform national framework for cosmetics regulation.
“This truly historic moment took over a decade, bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to support a contemporary approach to cosmetics oversight and further strengthen consumer trust in the products they use daily,” says Lezlee Westine, president and CEO at PCPC.
Consumer and product safety are top priorities for the beauty and personal care industry. PCPC will also work closely with the FDA and key stakeholders to implement the new legislation.
“We entered this process advocating for well-crafted, science-based federal reforms to enhance our industry’s ability to innovate and to modernize regulation that has largely been unchanged for 80 years,” explains Karin Ross, executive VP of government affairs at PCPC.
Earlier this month, the Fragrance Creators Association applauded congressional efforts to modernize federal cosmetics regulations, which have reportedly not been updated for decades. An allied trade letter urging the modernization of cosmetics regulation this year was published along with a statement by Ahmed.
Edited by Inga de Jong
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