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'Toxic-free' Cosmetics Act Moves Forward

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Assembly Bill 2762, the State of California's "Toxic-free Cosmetics Act," has moved forward in the approvals process. It provides that beginning January 1, 2022, a cosmetic is considered adulterated if it contains any amount of certain intentionally added ingredients.

The specified ingredients include:

  • Dibutyl phthalate;
  • Diethylhexyl phthalate;
  • Formaldehyde;
  • Paraformaldehyde;
  • Methylene glycol;
  • Quaternium-15;
  • Mercury;
  • Isobutylparaben;
  • Isopropylparaben;
  • m-Phenylenediamine and its salts;
  • o-Phenylenediamine and its salts; and
  • The following long-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their salts: perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS); perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA); perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA); and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA).

Additional provisions for adulterated cosmetics are outlined in the bill. In response, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) issued the following statement.

"The [PCPC] and our member companies support AB 2762 and thank Assembly Members Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) for their leadership in bringing this legislation to fruition while working with a diverse group of important stakeholders.

“PCPC and our member companies engaged with the authors and other interested parties on a bill that adds to California law ingredients that are prohibited in cosmetics and personal care products in Europe and other regions, moving one step closer to global regulatory alignment.

Cosmetics and personal care products companies hold sacred the trust families put in the safety of their products and take their responsibility for safety very seriously. Companies invest substantial resources in scientific research and safety processes to develop products that enhance the health and well-being of families worldwide.

“We are proud to have joined a broad coalition, including the Black Women for Wellness, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, CalPIRG and the Environmental Working Group, in supporting well-crafted, science-based reforms like AB 2762. Such legislation modernizes California’s cosmetics regulation and also strengthens consumer confidence in the products they trust and enjoy every day."