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Personal Care Products Council CEO & President Pamela G. Bailey Testifies on FDA Cosmetic Regulation Before U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Date:5/14/2008

Combination of FDA Authority and Industry Consumer Safety Initiatives Make

Cosmetics Safest Category Regulated by FDA

WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Pamela G. Bailey, CEO and president of the Personal Care Products Council, appeared before the Subcommittee on Health of the U.S. Committee on Energy and Commerce to discuss the Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act Legislation on Device and Cosmetic Safety. Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council, formerly the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association, is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry.

"Consumer safety has always been the number one priority of our cosmetics and personal care products companies, and our continued commitment to safety has made cosmetics and personal care products the safest category of products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration," Bailey told the committee.

Of the 11 billion personal care products that are sold annually, an average of less than 150 adverse reactions are reported-most of which are minor skin irritations. Topically-applied and not ingested, cosmetics have the least potential to impact human health of any FDA-regulated product category. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) of 1938, it is crime to market an unsafe cosmetic product in the United States.

Cosmetics products imported into the U.S. are subject to the same laws and regulations as those produced in the U.S. They must be safe and contain no prohibited ingredients, and all labeling and packaging must be in compliance with U.S. regulations. All colors must be listed and pre-approved by FDA, and a number of color additives must be batch certified by FDA. If the product has an intended use that causes it to be considered an Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug, it must comply with the regulations for drugs, including establis
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