Washington State Continues Taking Cues From California; Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Is Back
Washington State’s Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act would ban use of any and all PFAS, matching work California started in 2020 and finished with legislation enacted last year. It also would blacklist ortho-phthalates, formaldehyde, methylene glycol and any other chemical determined by the department to release formaldehyde, among other deemed hazardous substances.
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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.
From PFAS to key preservatives, cosmetic ingredients are in state lawmakers’ crosshairs around the US, and not just substances prohibited in the European Union. Industry insiders discussed the situation at the Independent Beauty Association’s Cosmetic Technical/Regulatory Forum last month.
Independent Beauty Association CEO and president Don Frey and cosmetics industry lobbyist Robert Harmala of Telegraph Avenue Advisor, provided views on the Modernization of Cosmetic Regulations Act and developments to come at IBA’s Cosmetic Technical/Regulatory Forum.