FDA’s 10ppm Cosmetic Lead Limit Criticized, Including By Industry Player
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
FDA’s draft guidance setting a 10ppm limit on trace lead in cosmetic products is not protective enough, according to stakeholders, including Beautycounter, which bills itself as “a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.
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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 1047 on 15 May, implementing the most aggressive cosmetics ingredient ban in the country. The Personal Care Products Council and Independent Beauty Association are concerned about a lack of alternative preservatives to replace targeted formaldehyde-releasing substances effectively and affordably and the law’s inconsistency with FDA over lead levels, among other impacts.
Washington State’s Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, More Aggressive Than California’s, Awaits Governor’s Signature
The specter of reformulations, market disruptions and potential litigation hangs over Washington state as HB 1047 sits on Governor Jay Inslee’s desk. The Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, seen by industry stakeholders as a metastasized version of California’s legislation of the same name, would ban the sale of cosmetics containing formaldehyde releasers or trace lead above 1 ppm, in addition to PFAS, ortho-phthalates and other ingredients.
Under SB 5703, which passed the Senate on 14 February, Washington state would ban sales of cosmetic products containing PFAS, phthalates, formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing agents beginning in 2025. The proposal goes beyond California’s Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act enacted in 2020, which confined its blacklist to substances the EU has banned from use in cosmetics.