Beauty Industry Grapples With Preservation Challenges Ahead Of Washington State CH₂O-Releaser Bans
Experts at the Independent Beauty Association’s Supply Chain & Sustainability Conference discussed the personal-care industry’s preservatives crisis and how industry is responding to Washington State’s coming ban on cosmetics products containing formaldehyde releasers.
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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.
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.
Trade group Cosmetics Europe launched an education and advocacy campaign in 2018 to address industry’s shrinking preservative palette, which many believe has reached “crisis proportions." Stateside, 2018 saw growing movement in the development and use of alternative preservative systems, while Cosmetic Ingredient Review activity accelerated around conventional go-tos.