The Safer Beauty Bill Package, a package of four bills that will modernize federal personal-care product laws, was reintroduced in Congress this week. Led by Representative Schakowsky and championed by our nonprofit partner, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, the bill package will make personal-care products safer for everyone by banning harmful chemicals, creating protections for women of color and salon workers, requiring fragrance disclosure, and making supply chain transparency the new industry standard.
We need your voice in our movement. Text RAISEUPBEAUTY to 52886* or click here to contact your Members of Congress and urge them to support the Safer Beauty Bill Package and strengthen personal-care product laws now.
While the passage of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA) did indicate important progress for the industry, more needs to be done to achieve a truly health-protective safety standard for personal-care products. Congress must address critical gaps in personal-care product safety that impact everyone, especially women of color and professional salon workers. Cue the Safer Beauty Bill Package.
The Safer Beauty Bill Package includes four bills:
- H.R. 3619 – The Toxic-Free Beauty Act (Reps. Schakowsky and Fletcher): Bans 11 harmful chemicals, including mercury, formaldehyde, parabens, and phthalates, from personal-care products. These chemicals are already banned in the European Union, California, and Maryland.
- H.R. 3620 – Cosmetic Safety Protections for Communities of Color and Professional Salon Workers (Reps. Schakowsky and Blunt Rochester): Funds research, resources, and the development of safer cosmetic ingredients to protect the health of women of color and salon workers, two vulnerable populations that are most at risk due to harmful chemicals in products marketed to them or commonly found in their workplaces.
- H.R. 3621 – Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Right to Know Act (Reps. Schakowsky and Matsui): Requires product labeling and website disclosures of secret, unlabeled, and sometimes harmful chemicals in our personal-care products.
- H.R. 3622 – Cosmetic Supply Chain Transparency Act (Rep. Schakowsky): Requires upstream suppliers of raw materials, ingredients and private label products to provide full ingredient disclosure and safety data to personal-care product brands.
This past spring, Beautycounter was proud to work with Congress and lead a working group of mission-aligned brands to make updates and improvements to the Cosmetic Supply Chain Transparency Act. While companies like Beautycounter continuously work with our partners to increase supply chain transparency, many supply chain companies—including raw material and packaging suppliers—are not currently held accountable. Without stronger regulations, it can be challenging for brands to have full accountability for their supply chain. Congress has the opportunity to help by passing the Cosmetic Supply Chain Transparency Act, which would protect public health by increasing transparency along the supply chain.
To learn why more regulation of the industry is vital, watch an interview with Dr. Ami Zota, Associate Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences department at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Beautycounter Science Advisory Council Member, below:
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