Pallone, Lance unveil bill to strengthen FDA oversight of cosmetics industry

September 22, 2016 news
Pallone, Lance unveil bill to strengthen FDA oversight of cosmetics industry

U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) unveiled a bipartisan proposal on Wednesday that would strengthen the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to regulate products in the cosmetics industry.

The bill stems from a longstanding law that prohibits the FDA from requiring cosmetic manufacturers to register with the agency, provide information about their products and ingredients, or require companies to test their products for safety before bringing them to market.

The bill would strengthen the FDA’s authority over cosmetic products to ensure that each product is safe for the American market.

Joining Pallone and Lance at the announcement was the mother of 11-year old Eliana Lawrence, who lost all of her hair due to side effects of Wen Cleansing Conditioner.

“Millions of Americans assume the cosmetics they use each day are safe, however the reality is that cosmetics are one of the least regulated consumer products on the market today,” Pallone said. “Eliana Lawrence’s story demonstrates that FDA’s lack of authority over cosmetic products puts consumers at risk. The bipartisan proposal Congressman Lance and I are putting forward today outlines a modern cosmetics regulatory framework that gives FDA the tools, information, and resources necessary to protect Americans from potentially dangerous cosmetics products.”

The bill includes provisions to give the FDA mandatory recall authority over potentially dangerous cosmetic products and access to product records, provide the FDA the authority to collect data and information on cosmetic ingredients, require cosmetic manufacturers to register their facilities with the FDA, mandate that cosmetic manufacturers report all adverse events to the FDA, and require warnings for products that are not approved for the entire population.