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At the general session of the Personal Care Products Council’s 2010 Annual Meeting, approximately 400 industry leaders convened to hear board chairman Dan Brestle review 2009 accomplishments and new Personal Care Products Council president and CEO Lezlee Westine discuss 2010 goals and initiatives. The general session also included presentations from PriceWaterhouseCoopers on the economic impact and social contributions of the industry and pollster John Zogby on the changing profiles of American consumers.
In his speech, chairman Dan Brestle, focused on the Council’s successful legislative and regulatory efforts in 2009, key advances in consumer safety and the continued success of the Council’s signature philanthropic program, Look Good ...Feel Better, which helps women deal with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
“While we worked on the legislative and regulatory fronts, we also continued our work to strengthen and enhance important safety programs that reinforce our industry’s commitment to product and ingredient safety,” Brestle said in his speech. “We welcomed two new chemists to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel, and we made significant progress in enhancing CIR procedures to increase efficiency.”
Brestle also noted that in its international work, the Personal Care Products Council “…continued to engage actively with industry associations and regulators and to advocate for the international harmonization of regulations that will help improve our business operations, reduce costs and market safe products worldwide. Our industry’s international growth has been significant, and even during a time when the U.S. and global economies have been in meltdown, many international markets have continued to grow.”
In her remarks, Westine noted the dramatic change in the political environment and said that the Personal Care Products Council has stepped up industry visibility on Capitol Hill and in state capitols with manufacturing facility visits, educational Congressional events and legislative meetings. “On the regulatory front, we are working closely with new FDA leadership, and our lobbying for increased federal funding has strengthened FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors,” she said.