Personal Care Products Safety Act

Would you believe that for more than 80 years there has been no new legislation by Congress to regulate cosmetic ingredients in personal care products?  That despite the fact there have been thousands of new raw materials and formulas have changed immensely since 1939!

No one will ever accuse our Congress of working too quickly but finely the Personal Care Product Safety Act was proposed by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), and calls for the Food and Drug Administration to oversee and regulate the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care products.

It gives the agency the ability to recall harmful products from the market, promotes better transparency for consumers, requires companies to report adverse events related to their products to the FDA and provide the agency with the ability to review ingredients commonly used in personal care products.

Senator Feinstein says, “From shampoo and shaving cream to deodorant and make-up, every American comes into contact with personal care products every day. Families trust that these products are safe, but unfortunately many ingredients have never been independently evaluated. Our bipartisan legislation, which has the support of numerous companies and consumer advocacy groups, would modernize FDA’s oversight authority and give consumers confidence that everyday personal care products won’t harm their health.”

If the bill is passed, the government may begin inspecting factories, examining ingredient lists, and will have the authority to issue product recalls. 

The Personal Care Products Safety Act bill would require the FDA to evaluate a minimum of five ingredients found in personal care products per year to determine their safety and appropriate use.

The review process set forth in the bill would provide companies with clear guidance about whether ingredients should continue to be used and whether consumer warnings are needed. For example, a chemical may be deemed inappropriate for use in children's products or only appropriate for use by professionals.

The first set of chemicals for review includes:

  • Diazolidinyl urea: used as a preservative in a wide range of products including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, and lotion.

  • Diethyl phthalate: used as a binding agent in some fragrances and cosmetics.

  • Methylene glycol / formaldehyde: used in hair treatments.

  • Propyl paraben: used as a preservative in a wide range of products including shampoo, conditioner, and lotion.

  • Quaternium-15: used as a preservative in a wide range of products including shampoo, shaving cream, skin creams, and cleansers.

I know there are some companies that are fearful of this but at MONAS we whole heartedly support the bill.  Our products have never contained any of the questionable ingredients.

Best regards,

Charley