August 2012

Steve Sleeper

Beauty Insider| by Steve Sleeper


Safe Cosmetics Alliance Works to Advance Safety Standards

Collaboration is fundamental to the advancement of any company, industry, or cause. The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has joined the Safe Cosmetics Alliance (SCA) in support of one such cause crucial to the advancement of safety standards for beauty products: The "Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012" (HR4395), which has been introduced in Congress by Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ).

The Alliance, which, along with PBA, is made up of leading industry trade groups, including the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD), Direct Selling Association (DSA), and the International Fragrance Association North America (IFRA), was formed to bring the industry together in support of this legislation seeking to enhance FDA oversight and safety standards based on sound science and research.

Representative Lance recently said in a statement that "Everyone agrees that we need to update the regulation of personal care products. This bill will continue to advance consumer safety and provide a regulatory framework that furthers growth and innovation for American cosmetics manufacturers and small businesses."

The Alliance believes HR4395 protects the interests of both the industry and consumers by enhancing rules already in place for decades and fostering consistent best practices across the industry.

If passed, the Act would create formal processes for the FDA to review ingredients for safety, set safety levels for trace constituents, create national uniformity for cosmetics regulation, review all safety determinations made by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel, and establish industry-wide "Good Manufacturing Practices."

Here is a summary of some specific changes that would take place under the new legislation:

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is committed to protecting the health, safety and interests of its members, their customers and the entire industry.

Collaboration among industry associations is key to the future of beauty. As a coalition of industry advocates working toward a common goal, PBA and all organizations making up the Alliance play an important role in bringing large-scale issues, such as FDA oversight of consumer products, to the attention of policy makers and have a duty to educate and inform all stakeholders in a timely and effective manner.

The Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act is the next step in maintaining and elevating existing safety standards in the industry. This evolution in safety is vital to the health and well-being of millions of beauty professionals and consumers. PBA and the Alliance seek to give these stakeholders a voice and advocate on their behalf.

At the time this article was written, the Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012 was referred to the Subcommittee on Health. The Alliance continues to work to secure additional co-sponsors and gain bi-partisan support for the legislation.

For information on the Safe Cosmetic Alliance and in support of the Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012 (HR4395), visit For information on becoming a PBA member and making your voice heard on this and other important issues, visit or call 800.468.2274.