Senators introduce bill to regulate cosmetics

Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Collins (R-ME) have introduced a bill entitled Personal Care Products Safety Act, which would gives the FDA significantly more authority over cosmetics and personal care products, including the authority to order recalls of dangerous products. The bill would require the FDA to review chemicals used in these products and to provide guidance on their safety.

In introducing the bill, Senator Feinstein noted that Europe has a robust system of cosmetics regulation, which includes consumer protections like product registration and ingredient reviews, but that the U.S. currently does not.

The bill is backed by both the cosmetics industry and by public-interest groups that support stronger regulation, such as the Environmental Working Group.

The Senators' press statement and a link to the bill are here.

A New York Times article about the bill is here.

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