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PERSONAL CARE OVERSIGHT MEASURE WOULD HURT SMALL BUSINESSES

September 22, 2016, By Pam Busiek

Innovation is not just for Silicon Valley - every day, thousands of small cosmetics businesses create new products that will help millions of Americans look and feel their best, and create jobs in the process.  But a new bill threatens to stifle these entrepreneurs and kill jobs.  

We all agree that cosmetics and personal care products should be held to a high safety standard - no one more than those who manufacture and sell these products.  And while well-intentioned, the Personal Care Products Safety Act would do more harm than good in the name of promoting safety.

The bill would not create uniform national regulations, which small businesses badly need in order to grow in the United States.  It would, however, put unnecessary burdens on small businesses by charging them heavy fees, putting them at a disadvantage against large, multi-national corporations.  And, if passed, it would undoubtedly stifle innovation and competition because it so clearly favors larger businesses, unfairly limiting the players in the industry to only those with the most capital.

There's a better way to modernize our nation's oversight of the cosmetics industry.  That's why we at the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD), an industry trade association representing over 700 cosmetic distributors, manufacturers and suppliers, support the Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act.  Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), this bill would enhance FDA oversight of cosmetics while providing clear direction and certainty for all regulated comapanies.  Unlike the Personal Care Products Safety Act, it creates transparency in all health and safety decisions related to cosmetics and increases consumer protections.  It does all this without overburdening small businesses or stifling the innovation that is the lifeblood of our industry.

At ICMAD, safety is the top priority of our companies.  For over 40 years we have brought Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leaders to our trainings.  They work with our 700-plus member companies to understand and comply with state and national regulations that govern the cosmetics and personal care industry.  Our members are committed to providing safe and effective products to their customers.  They impose stringent health and safety standards and follow all state and federal laws.

Read the full article on the Hill.com.  

Busiek is president of the Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD).

With President-Elect Trump headed for the Oval Office and the GOP controlling both houses of Congress, the small business trade group believes Republican Congressman Pete Sessions' Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act could get a more earnest look this year.  Reintroduced today, the bill proposes comprehensive federal preemption to ensure national uniformity in cosmetic regulations.

With letters to key legislators in the House and Senate, the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors looks to build support for the approach laid out in the Cosmetics Modernization Act of 2015, maintaining that the front-running Personal Care Products Safety Act is a danger to small business.  

Dear Congressmen Pallone and Lance: We want to thank you for the opportunity to review and comment on the draft legislation you propose to introduce, which amends the cosmetic provisions of the Federal Food and Drug Act.

ICMAD LETTER TO SENATOR ALEXANDER - OCTOBER 17, 2016

Dear Senator Alexander: I am the President and Chief Executive Officer of ICMAD, the Independent Cosmetic Manufactureres and Distributors Association; we represent over 700 small and emerging growth companies in the Cosmetic industry. Our members have been recognized as the industry innovators, creating new products and entirely new categories of products that help millions of Americans look and feel their best every day.  Our members, as represented at the recent HELP Committee hearing by Currann Dandurand of Jack Black, are primarily U.S. based and are proud not only to build jobs here in America but ot support manufacturers and suppliers here in America.

ICMAD LETTER TO SENATOR MURRAY - OCTOBER 17, 2016

Dear Senator Murray: I am the President and Chief Executive Officer of ICMAD, the Independent Cosmetic Manufactureres and Distributors Association; we represent over 700 small and emerging growth companies in the Cosmetic industry. Our members have been recognized as the industry innovators, creating new products and entirely new categories of products that help millions of Americans look and feel their best every day.  Our members, as represented at the recent HELP Committee hearing by Currann Dandurand of Jack Black, are primarily U.S. based and are proud not only to build jobs here in America but ot support manufacturers and suppliers here in America.

EXPLORING CURRENT PRACTICES IN COSMETIC DEVELOPMENT AND SAFETY

ICMAD recently had the privilege of attending a hearing on Capitol Hill on September 22nd, "Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety," where ICMAD Board Member, Curran Dandurand of Jack Black, LLC testified as to the interests of small businesses, and the utter necessity of a national uniform standard with regard to Cosmetic Regulatory Reform.

BEAUTYCOUNTER CEO: CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC DIGITAL ASSETS

The average American woman’s life expectancy is roughly 80 years.  That is approximately how long it has been since the United States has passed a major law ensuring the safety of the cosmetic and personal care products we use every single day.  Even in the midst of dramatic advances in science and technology, U.S. regulation of the beauty industry has remained largely unchanged since 1938 and lags far behind other countries.  Fortunately, we took an important step forward last week as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held an oversight hearing to explore current practices in the cosmetic and personal care industry.

ICMAD CALLS FOR UNIFORM NATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS FOR COSMETICS

The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) is lobbying for lawmakers to pass legislation that would create uniform national safety standards for cosmetics.  Pam Busiek, ICMAD President and CEO, said, "At ICMAD, safety is the top priority of our companies, and we welcome this important conversation about how to modernize oversight of the cosmetic and personal care industry.  Making it as a small business owner in the cosmetics industry — or any industry, for that matter — is an uphill climb with many challenges.  The last thing American entrepreneurs and job creators need is unnecessary regulatory burdens or a patchwork of contradictory regulations.  That is why we support the Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act, which will modernize FDA regulations and create a national safety standard that ensures consumers get safe, high-quality, innovative cosmetic products."

COSMETICS MAY FACE NEW SAFETY REGULATION – AND, SURPRISINGLY, THE INDUSTRY IS ON BOARD

For those already felled by fumes from the Brazilian Blowout, it might be small consolation, but lawmakers are pushing ahead with a campaign for better oversight of the beauty business.  Despite its booming growth, the cosmetics industry in the U.S. has been virtually unregulated.  The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, adopted in 1938, essentially allowed personal care product companies to self-police.

BEWARE OF WEN® HAIR CARE PRODUCTS, ADVERTISED IN LATE NIGHT INFOMERCIALS

Lawmakers have introduced two bills pushing for more regulation of cosmetics:

  •     The Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act, introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX); and
  •     The Personal Care Products Safety Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan         Collins (R-ME).

Both bills would require companies to register with the FDA, submit product ingredient lists, notify the FDA of any reports of serious side effects, and authorize the FDA to prohibit the sale of products that have been found to cause serious health risks.  The Feinstein-Collins bill would also require larger cosmetics manufacturers to pay a fee based on annual revenues.

JACK BLACK CEO CALLS FOR US REGULATORY STANDARD IN SENATE

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) held a hearing on the modernization of the cosmetics and personal care industry on 22 September.  It is the first time since 1974 that this committee has held a hearing on cosmetics and personal care products despite the U.S. spending $60 billion on the consumer category a year.

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Contact: Donna Hoye by emailing dhoye@icmad.org or calling (800) 334-2623 ext. 107.
 
About ICMAD: ICMAD, the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors, association has been the voice of independent cosmetic companies around the world since 1974. Offering innovative business tools, timely publications, educational programs, networking opportunities, and key advocacy support, ICMAD offers invaluable guidance and support for all facets of the independent cosmetic industry. Stay on top of the latest regulations and events with ICMAD and connect on Facebook, Twitter (@ICMADTalks), and online at www.icmad.org.

 

ICMAD recently had the privilege of attending a hearing on Capitol Hill on September 22nd,  "Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety" where ICMAD Board Member Curran Dandurand of Jack Black LLC testified as to the interests of small businesses, and the utter necessity of a natural uniform standard with regard to Cosmetic Regulatory Reform.