Cosmetics Industry’s Preservatives Crisis Grows More Dire Under New Washington State Law
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.
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The US-based Expert Panel for Cosmetic Ingredient Safety issued three final and six tentative safety assessments and three insufficient data announcements at its 12-13 June meeting in Washington.
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.
The Toxic Free Cosmetics Act would make products adulterated under California law if they contain asbestos, lead or any one of a slew of intentionally added ingredients, most of them preservatives. The bill could be industry’s biggest legislative battle over the 2019-2020 period.