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U.S. House of Representatives Approves Cosmetic Safety Enhancement Act of 2020

Published on 2020-03-13. Author : SpecialChem

Cosmetics_Safety_Act_2020Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health have approved landmark cosmetics safety legislation, a significant step towards finally protecting consumers from potentially toxic chemical ingredients in personal care products.

Companies to Substantiate Product Safety


The Cosmetics Safety Enhancement Act of 2020 (H.R. 5279) is authored by Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). The bill would, among other provisions:

  • Require cosmetics companies to substantiate the safety of their products
  • Notify the Food and Drug Administration of any adverse health events
  • Give the FDA the power to conduct its own safety reviews
  • Mandate that manufacturers provide more transparency about ingredients on their labels

Contaminants in Cosmetics May Pose Risk


Although many of the chemicals and contaminants in cosmetics are likely to pose little risk, repeated exposure to some chemicals and contaminants used in cosmetics and other personal care products has been linked to serious health problems, including cancer.

Since 2009, 617 cosmetics manufacturers have reported using 93 chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm in more than 81,000 products,” said Scott Faber, EWG’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

By voting to advance Rep. Pallone’s bill today, house leaders have taken an important and historic first step. It has been more than 80 years since a committee of Congress last voted to update cosmetics law.


Source: Environmental Working Group
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