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The Council Calls for Greater FDA Personal Care Regulation

Posted: July 16, 2010

The Personal Care Products Council has effected an initiative through which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would have a greater role in assessing ingredient safety for personal care products sold in the United States.

The Council spent nearly three years planning the five-point plan, which it finds will increase consumer protection. This initiative was submitted in a letter to key health policy leaders in the U.S. Congress. The industry group is seeking to create formal processes for the FDA to review ingredients for safety at the request of the public and stakeholder groups and to review all safety determinations made by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. No such FDA processes currently exist.

The Council’s five-point plan includes: mandatory industry reporting and mandatory Good Manufacturing Practices; two provisions currently in HR 759, the FDA Globalization Act of 2009, introduced by Congressman John Dingell (D-MI); and three additional provisions that the industry is seeking. The five points are described below.

Enhanced FDA Registration
Under the Council's call for more FDA regulation, it requires personal care product manufacturers to register all facilities where those products are manufactured with the FDA. In addition, it requires those manufacturers to file product ingredient reports disclosing all of the ingredients used in those products with the FDA. Finally, the manufacturer should report any serious unexpected adverse event with a personal care product experienced by consumers to the FDA.

New Process to Set Safety Levels for Trace Constituents
As part of the initiative, the FDA would be required to establish safe levels for trace constituents in cosmetic ingredients and products.