Friday, May 24, 2013

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2013

Did you know that the current law governing the manufacturing of cosmetics and personal care products hasn't been updated in 75 years!

Did you know that over 80,000 chemicals and nanoparticles have been introduced into formulations since then?

The Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act of 1938 granted oversight of the safety of cosmetics and personal care products to the industry itself - meaning that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) basically has no authority over what ingredients are used in the manufacturing of these products. It's been a long time coming for a change in legislation when it comes to the safety of topical products that in fact have the ability to impose harm on the body. Let's face it - we all know by now that if the nation is undergoing a "food revolution" in the battle against GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling, then we must succumb to the notion that the safety of personal care products falls way below the priorities list of the Food and Drug Administration. 

In 2011, the Safe Cosmetics Act was introduced in Congress, but inadvertently went nowhere. This new legislation would have given the FDA authority over and oversight into the cosmetics industry, giving it the ability to impose regulation on ingredient labeling and the use of toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other biological dysfunctions. The bill was criticized by small businesses for the registration and fees associated with the new requirements. It would have stifled innovation and left the "big players" in the industry with the means to monopolize further developments and profits. 

The bill has been re-introduced in 2013 by Rep. Janice Schakowky [Il-9] with modifications that not only benefit the consumer, but also give small and upcoming companies a chance to grow on a level playing field. 

Now is the time to support this change in legislation. The American Sustainable Business Council has made it easy for consumers and businesses to voice their concerns and favor the passing of this important bill by outlining its key points to legislators. Support the Safe Cosmetics Act (H.R. Bill 1385) and sign this letter to Congress.