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Personal Care Products Safety Act

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act to protect consumers and streamline industry compliance by strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to regulate the ingredients in personal care products.

“From shampoo to lotion, the use of personal care products is widespread, however, there are very few protections in place to ensure their safety,” said Senator Feinstein. “Europe has a robust system, which includes consumer protections like product registration and ingredient reviews. I am pleased to be introducing this bipartisan legislation with Senator Collins that will require FDA to review chemicals used in these products and provide clear guidance on their safety. In addition, the legislation has broad support from companies and consumer groups alike.”

The first set of chemicals for review includes:

☆ Diazolidinyl urea, which is used as a preservative in a wide range of products including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and lotion
☆ Lead acetate, which is used as a color additive in hair dyes
☆ Methylene glycol/formaldehyde, which is used in hair treatments
☆ Propylparaben, which is used as a preservative in a wide range of products including shampoo, conditioner and lotion
☆ Quaternium-15, which is used as a preservative in a wide range of products including shampoo, shaving cream, skin creams and cleansers

View the Complete Press Release

Personal Care Products Act

Cosmetics and skin care products are largely unregulated. Today’s products are made with chemicals like formaldehyde — used in products from nail polish to some chemical hair straighteners – which is known to cause cancer. Other commonly used cosmetic preservatives include propylparaben and lead acetate, used in hair dye.

Under the proposed law, the FDA would test whether those chemicals are being used at safe levels. If not, they can force a recall.

Doctors say it’s long overdue, not only for adults but for teenagers, whose developing bodies are more at risks.

“Ignorance is not bliss,” said dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, who said she treats patients weekly for adverse reactions to chemicals in beauty products.

The European Union bans more than 1,000 chemicals from personal care products. Of those, the U.S. bans 11.

In 1938, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act were passed. From then on, cosmetics were under the purview of the FDA… and for the past 80 years, unlike with devices and drugs, nothing much has changed. Cosmetic products don’t need FDA approval; they’re largely self-regulated.

The Personal Care Product Act Press Release was published Apr 20, 2015,
The bill was Introduced in Senate (05/11/2017) 

Read the Entirety of the Personal Care Product Act Bill presented to Senate

Another Press Release with the same information is published on May 11, 2017,

Will this Bill get passed? That’s a good question. According to

Before a bill becomes a law it must pass both houses of Congress and signed into law by the President. It may begin its journey at any time, but it must be passed during the same congressional session of its proposal, a period of one year. If it does not complete the process, it is dropped, and can only be revived through reintroduction and going through the whole process again. Not surprisingly, less than 10% of proposed bills actually become laws.

What is the Status of this Bill?

Introduced on May 11, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 11, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs
Factors considered:

The overall text of the bill does little to affect its chances of being enacted. The bill is assigned to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee. The bill’s primary subject is Health.

(Factors are based on correlations which may not indicate causation.)

3% chance of being Enacted!!! So, what is a consumer to do? Read your labels! Be proactive! Avoid products with ingredients that can cause health issues! Research, research, research!




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