Cosmetics Provisions Unlikely To Catch Ride On FDA User-Fee Bill
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
With the release of an atypically lean, clean FDA user-fee reauthorization draft bill, it’s doubtful that cosmetics regulatory reform language will get tacked onto the must-pass legislation. Stakeholders likely will refocus their efforts on standalone cosmetics legislation to modernize FDA’s oversight of the industry.
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Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduces the FDA Cosmetic Safety and Modernization Act with the Personal Care Products Council's backing. The Environmental Working Group is opposed to the proposal, which falls considerably short of the draft Personal Care Products Safety Act, but the bill could unite big and small business, which were divided in the previous Congress with respect to regulatory reform legislation.
The Personal Care Products Safety Act introduced in the Senate May 11, and the Cosmetic Modernization Amendments Act that launched in the House earlier this year, closely mirror versions that divided big and small business in the last Congress. So while the US political environment may be dramatically changed, the legislative situation for stakeholders seeking updated cosmetics regulations, at the moment, is not.
Confirmation comes with fewest votes of any recent commissioner as FDA faces pressing budget, user-fee and other issues. The Personal Care Products Council welcomed Gottlieb to the post and took the occasion to plug cosmetics industry virtues at a time when legislation is under consideration to update regulations.