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ICMAD issues industry response to Safe Cosmetics Act proposal

By Andrew McDougall+

01-May-2013
Last updated on 01-May-2013 at 18:35 GMT2013-05-01T18:35:08Z

ICMAD issues industry response to Safe Cosmetics Act proposal

The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers And Distributors (ICMAD) association has issued its response to the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 recently introduced by Reps. With Edward Markey and Jan Schakowsky reiterating its goals.

Markey and Schakowsky made their proposal last month to close “major loopholes in the federal law that allows companies to use ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products known to damage human health and the environment.”

In a statement ICMAD said that it agreed with the two representatives that certain provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act should be modernized to keep pace with evolving science and the growth of the personal care industry and reiterated that industry’s approach is practical and science-based.

“We are working with Members of Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to propose changes to the law that will make meaningful enhancements to cosmetics regulation without overburdening FDA or imposing costly and unnecessary restrictions on American businesses.”

“The safety of cosmetic and personal care products in the US is overseen by FDA under the FD&C Act.  The law requires that all cosmetics be substantiated for safety before they are marketed, contain no prohibited ingredients, and that all labeling and packaging must be in compliance with US regulations.”

ICMAD has laid out the following measures in order to enhance the FDA oversight:

  • Enhanced FDA registration requirements
  • A process to set safety levels for trace constituents
  • An FDA ingredient review process
  • New FDA oversight of cosmetic ingredient review findings
  • FDA-issued, industry-wide good manufacturing practices.

“Our goal is that an agreement on cosmetics legislation will be reached quickly with FDA and that legislation that enhances FDA’s regulatory authority can be passed on a bipartisan basis.”

ICMAD says it will continue to support Congress and FDA in their efforts. 

“We believe it is time to modernize the statute, passed more than 70 years ago, so the regulatory functions over cosmetics and personal care products keep pace with the changes in science and technology while providing the industry the ability to innovate and improve products and meet consumer demand.”

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