FDA’s Holiday Gift To Cosmetics Industry: 10ppm Recommended Lead Cap
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
FDA affirms in draft guidance that a maximum lead level of 10 parts per million in cosmetic products does not pose a health risk to consumers, establishing a position consistent with the Personal Care Products Council’s recommendation in 2011. The formal stance from FDA could take some heat off of manufacturers, though the Environmental Working Group says it will continue pushing for tighter restrictions.
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The International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation is working to develop consensus regarding risk-assessment, which the Personal Care Products Council expects will be a valuable resource for companies and other authorities around the world. Meanwhile, preservative initiatives remain a priority for the regulator group.
FDA’s draft guidance setting a 10ppm limit on trace lead in cosmetic products is not protective enough, according to stakeholders, including Beautycounter, which bills itself as “a company devoted to progress.” Commenter recommendations range from lowering the ceiling to banning lead-contaminated products outright.
The Environmental Working Group is not letting up in its push for FDA to recognize that no amount of lead in cosmetics is safe for consumers. However, a less tolerant regulatory stance on trace lead levels could be a de facto ban on whole categories of products, as By Valenti Organics discovered in its elusive search for “lead-free” pigments.