House Cosmetics Bill Reintroduced; ICMAD Optimistic In New Political Climate
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
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.
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At the trade group's annual meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., leadership emphasized the importance of pushing cosmetics reform legislation over the finish line before November midterm elections. PCPC's support of a bipartisan proposal released by the Senate Health Committee largely hinges on preemption, the group indicated.
FDA's cosmetics activities fell off noticeably compared with 2016, and the change in the White House spurred the agency to begin looking for regulatory burdens to eliminate while shuffling priorities away from cosmetics to make do with proposed cuts in federal funding. In this climate, robust cosmetics oversight may depend on a legislative update, with multiple draft bills on the table.