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Senators Introduce Bill Requiring FDA Regulation on Cosmetics

May 19, 2015

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced a bill entitled “Personal Care Product Safety Act”. It would strengthen the authority of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the regulation of cosmetics ingredients, requiring a safety evaluation of at least five ingredients per year in personal care products.

The first chemicals to be reviewed include:

  • Methylene glycol/formaldehyde, used in hair treatments
  • Lead acetate, used as a color additive in hair dyes
  • Diazolidinyl urea, used as a preservative in a wide range of products including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and lotion
  • Quaternium-15, used as a preservative in a wide range of products including shampoo, shaving cream, skin creams and cleansers
  • Propyl paraben, used as a preservative in a wide range of products including shampoo, conditioner and lotion

The bill covers the following:

  • Authorization of FDA to order recalls of certain personal care products that threaten consumer safety
  • Authorization of FDA to require labeling of products that include ingredients not appropriate for children and those that should be professionally administered
  • Requirement for companies to provide contact information on their products for consumers and report serious adverse events, such as death, hospitalization and disfigurement, to the FDA within 15 days
  • Requirement for manufacturers to register annually with the FDA and to provide them with information on the ingredients used in their personal care products
  • Requirement for FDA to issue regulations on Good Manufacturing Practices for personal care products
  • Authorization of FDA to collect user-fees from personal care products manufacturers

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