Today, Senators Feinstein and Collins introduced a new cosmetic bill into the United States Senate. The title of the bill is Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017.
The Handmade Cosmetic Alliance (HCA) has long maintained that no new legislation is needed for the handmade segment of the industry. However, since 2009 other stakeholders, such as consumer groups and large industry, have been pushing hard for changes. Recent public health concerns for products like WEN Hair Straightener and questions on ingredient safety for chemicals, such as parabens and lead in lipstick colors, have strengthened arguments for greater federal oversight. Likewise, large industry has made preemption a top priority so they no longer need to accommodate the diverse manufacturing requirements of individual states. The efforts of these stakeholders over the last eight years have increased the likelihood that Congress is now ready to consider passing new legislation.
The Handmade Cosmetic Alliance has worked tirelessly with members of Congress to ensure that any new legislation does not inadvertently harm hobbyists, emerging businesses and small companies operating in the small-batch handmade arena.
The good news is the Handmade Cosmetic Alliance and its coalition partners, the Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs (COHE) and the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild (HSCG), had their voices heard. In this bill the provisions are unprecedented in helping ensure the handmade industry remains a vital, innovative and growing part of the economy.