3/21/2013--Introduced.Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the regulation of cosmetics by the Secretary... Read More


This bill was introduced on Mar 21, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.


Date Introduced
Mar 21, 2013


Bill Text


To amend title VI of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safe use of cosmetics, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Cosmetic regulation. ``subchapter a--adulterated and misbranded cosmetics

``subchapter b--regulation of cosmetics

``Sec. 611. Definitions. ``Sec. 612. Registration of establishments and registration fees. ``Sec. 613. Ingredients labels on cosmetics. ``Sec. 614. Safety standard and good manufacturing practices. ``Sec. 615. Cosmetic and ingredient safety information. ``Sec. 616. Lists of ingredients and required responses. ``Sec. 617. Treatment of cosmetics based on ingredient lists. ``Sec. 618. Treatment of contaminants. ``Sec. 619. Cosmetic and ingredient statements. ``Sec. 620. Notification, nondistribution, and recall of adulterated or misbranded cosmetics. ``Sec. 621. Petitions. ``Sec. 622. Mandatory reporting of serious adverse events. ``Sec. 623. Nonconfidential information. ``Sec. 624. Animal testing alternatives. ``Sec. 625. Product Testing and Review Audit. ``Sec. 626. Resources for small businesses. ``Sec. 627. Interagency cooperation. ``Sec. 628. Savings clause. ``Sec. 629. Authorization of appropriations. Sec. 3. Worker issues.


(a) In General.--Chapter VI of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 361 et seq.) is amended-- (1) by inserting before section 601...

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As a founding member and sponsor of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the Breast Cancer Fund has been working hard to get toxic chemicals out of personal care products. The reason: the cosmetics industry uses thousands of synthetic chemicals as ingredients, even those linked to cancer, infertility and birth defects. Carcinogens have no place in cosmetics and personal care products. Yet the United States government does not systematically assess the safety of personal care products. In fact, we lag behind other countries in cosmetic safety, allowing hazardous chemicals that are banned in Canada, Japan and Europe. Which chemicals in cosmetics are linked to breast cancer? Check our list against your products > That's why U.S Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (H.R. 1385) in March 2013. The Safe Cosmetics Act would be groundbreaking, written to: Strengthen FDA oversight and regulation of the $50 billion cosmetics industry Phase out ingredients linked to cancer, infertility and developmental problems Create a safety standard that protects workers, babies and other vulnerable populations Require full disclosure of ingredients so consumers can make informed choices Give the FDA authority to recall dangerous products

Breast Cancer Fund 2 years ago

The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (H.R. 1385), introduced on March 21, 2013 by Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. and Ed Markey, D-Mass., is designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients and that ingredients are fully disclosed. Existing law – the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938 – cedes decisions about ingredient safety to the cosmetics industry. Under the current law, the FDA can't require cosmetics companies to conduct safety assessments, and can’t even require product recalls. In a recent example, the FDA could not issue a mandatory recall of Brazilian Blowout hair straightening products even after they were found to contain formaldehyde. Who Will Be Affected? This legislation and subsequent reintroduction will affect every American – everyone who puts on moisturizer or uses shampoo or deodorant. More and more people are concerned about unsafe chemicals in our everyday lives, and getting these toxics out of the stuff we rub on our bodies every day is just common sense. It will also help the cosmetics industry by fostering the development of the safer products American consumers are demanding. Good for Consumers, Businesses, and Innovation This legislation will be good for consumers, but it will also level the playing field for businesses that are making the safest products. New advances in science have exposed the health risks of repeated exposures to low-dose hazardous chemicals – while also enabling green chemists to develop safer, non-toxic formulas. The cosmetics industry as a whole has not kept pace with safety innovations due to a weak regulatory system that encourages ignorance about chemical hazards and allows companies to hide the true toxicity of products. What's in the Legislation? Provisions of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 include: Phase-out of ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects and developmental harm; Creation of a health-based safety standard that includes protections for children, the elderly, workers and other vulnerable populations; Elimination of labeling loopholes by requiring full ingredient disclosure on product labels and company websites, including salon products and the constituent ingredients of fragrance; Worker access to information about unsafe chemicals in personal care products; Required data-sharing to avoid duplicative testing and encourage the development of alternatives to animal testing; and Adequate funding to the FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors so it has the resources it needs to provide effective oversight of the cosmetics industry.

(March 22, 2013) — Business owners and business organizations including the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), are endorsing the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act, which was introduced yesterday by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass. The bill addresses the serious problem of toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses, which responsible businesses have difficulty removing from consumer products due to the lack of transparency and standards within the supply chain. “Many businesses in the personal care products industry want to make sure that their products are safe but are hampered by existing regulations, which contain loopholes for many chemicals known to be toxic,” said Richard Eidlin, Director of Public Policy for American Sustainable Business Council. ‘”This bill provides an overdue update and will help unleash a new wave of innovation for the natural and safe alternatives that consumers are demanding.” "Our company is dedicated to safety and full transparency,” said Mia Davis, Vice President of Health and Safety for Beautycounter, a California-based skincare and cosmetics company. “It isn't always easy, but we are making effective, stylish beauty products without ingredients linked to long term health problems. We're in favor of health-protective legislation that will better regulate our industry. The Safe Cosmetics Act will increase the availability of safer cosmetics ingredients, which will not only help our company, but the entire industry and ultimately all consumers, no matter which companies they buy from.” "U.S. businesses are finding it harder to compete with our trading partners in the European Union and Canada, whose leaders are creating stronger regulations to guarantee environmental health protections for their citizens," said Mary Kearns, President and Founder of Herban Lifestyle, a handcrafted herbal bath and body products company based in Virginia. "The passage of the Safe Cosmetics Act will help companies to pre-empt costly reformulations, repackaging, repair to damaged reputations, and consumer liability lawsuits arising from intentional or inadvertent use of toxic ingredients in their formulations. And when all cosmetics manufacturers are encouraged to use safer chemicals in their manufacturing, this will spur innovation and lower costs of these non-toxic ingredients, providing greater opportunities for job growth." The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 would give the Food and Drug Administration increased ability to ensure that all personal care products are free of harmful ingredients. It is a significant update to existing law, which has not been significantly updated since 1938.

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Users Supporting

I support H.R. 1385: Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 because...this is an excellent bill.I firmly support this bill because it is critically important.Our society always needs to act in support of bettering policies to ensure a highest standard of care and devotion to elegance and the highest quality products for ladies and beauticians.A very high standard of product quality whether US produced or imported cosmetics and perfumes.All producers should seek the product qualities that are found in Revlon,Mary Kay,Estee Lauder and L'oreal.

1 year ago

I am asking for your support for the H.R.1385, Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013, but only if it contains amended language to encourage safety testing data to rely on non-animal alternatives. While the bill does contain language encouraging the use of tests that do not use animals, it does not specifically encourage the use of non-animal tests in providing data in order to obtain approval for products before registration. Without this emphasis, it is anticipated that millions of animals will be used to conduct testing to meet perceived federal requirements. This bill would also require cosmetics manufacturers to provide detailed labeling on their products and proof that the ingredients used to manufacture the cosmetics are safe for humans. Section 624 of this bill specifically addresses the issue of animal testing on cosmetics, requiring that alternative test methods be used whenever possible. I hope that you will consider amending or supporting an amendment to the bill to ensure that validated alternatives to animal testing are the preferred source of safety data by the FDA and all other federal agencies. Thank you for your consideration.

2 years ago

I support H.R. 1385: Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 because...This legislation will close important loopholes that exist in current legislation governing the chemicals allowed in our personal care products. Everyday products like cosmetics, lotions, deodorants, shampoos, and more may contain ingredients that can cause cancer as well as reproductive and developmental harm. Please co-sponsor this important legislation that will empower the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create and enforce a safety standards to get harmful toxins out of personal care products.

2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 1385: Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 because I refuse to allow our Country's collective soul be even more devastated by the wonton abuse of more animals for testing that would be done NEEDLESSLY! We all know this is appalling giant step backwards!

2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 1385: Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 much longer will you guys let unconstitutional changes be made by the president

2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 1385: Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 because...Italy and France -- have been phasing out animal testing since 2003, and in 2013 a complete ban on the testing and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients went into effect. The European personal care market is the largest in the world and has experienced steady growth despite the current economic climate and despite (or perhaps because of) strict policies designed to ensure consumer safety AND prohibit animal testing. Will the U.S. find the political will to enact a similar ban? Or will the industry be persuaded to change if it wants to participate in a global market that increasingly rejects animal-tested cosmetics? I believe we can be 'cruelty free' too. If India, Israel, and the whole of the EU can do it, so can we. We can make this happen here in the U.S. I've made a personal pledge to use cruelty free products. It's time to consign animal testing for cosmetics to the beauty industries' dark past.

2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 1385 ("To amend title VI of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the") because...ANY BILL that does not have at least a summary is SUSPECT in my opinion. If this is just a token floating of a bill for no other purpose than to say it was presented, then it is an abhorrent waste of time for all of us.

2 years ago

Bill Summary

3/21/2013--Introduced.Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the regulation of cosmetics by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Requires any brand owner engaged in bringing a cosmetic to market for use in the United States to register annually and pay a fee for oversight and enforcement of this Act. Requires the Secretary to: (1) establish labeling requirements, (2) establish a safety standard that provides a reasonable certainty of no harm from exposure to a cosmetic or an ingredient in a cosmetic and that protects the public from any known or anticipated adverse health effects associated with the cosmetic or ingredient, and (3) issue guidance prescribing good manufacturing practices for cosmetics and ingredients. Requires brand owners to submit to the Secretary safety data for the ingredients listed on the cosmetic label and the cosmetic itself, which shall be published in a database. Requires the Secretary to review and evaluate the safety of cosmetics and ingredients of cosmetics that are marketed in interstate commerce, including nanotechnology and contaminants of concern linked to severe acute reactions or long-term adverse health effects. Requires the Secretary, based on an initial review and evaluation, to establish three lists for ingredients: (1) a prohibited and restricted list, (2) a safe without limits list, and (3) a priority assessment list. Authorizes the Secretary to order a recall or cease of distribution for a cosmetic that is adulterated, misbranded, or otherwise in violation of the FFDCA. Requires reporting of any serious adverse event associated with cosmetics. Requires the Secretary to take action to minimize the use of animal testing of ingredients and cosmetics. Establishes an Interagency Council on Cosmetic Safety. Requires the Secretary of Labor to promulgate an occupational safety and health standard relating to cosmetics for professional use.

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