Name: Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2018
Bill Number: HR 6903
Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2018, HR 6903, introduced
in September, seeks to reform the cosmetics testing industry in two substantive
ways: it would ban outright many toxic ingredients and it would ban the use of
animals for safety testing.
personal care safety bills were introduced this session, but most of these
merely recommend the use of
non-animal tests for safety testing without mandating an end to such testing.
By contrast, HR 6903 would make it “unlawful for any entity to conduct, directly or pursuant to
contract, animal testing for the purpose of developing a cosmetic for sale in or
affecting interstate commerce,” as long as a validated alternative is
Under this bill,
responsibility for the safety of ingredients would be split between the FDA and
the product manufacturers. Testing would be required to be conducted using
non-animal test methods unless there is no existing test validated by the
Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods
The bill was
introduced the same day a study was released that found many unlisted and dangerous
chemicals in the fragrances of beauty and personal care products. It is not a
coincidence that the bill would include full disclosure of chemicals used in
making these products, including their fragrances.
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Please Require Cosmetics Safety to Benefit Consumers without Harming Animals
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing in support of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2018, HR 6903, to ensure that personal care products, including cosmetics, are safe for human use. In addition to addressing the issue of consumer safety, this bill would work to end the use of live animals for cosmetics and personal care products safety testing. The continued use of animals to conduct safety testing, without regard to the fact that animal tests are not as predictive, reliable or as cost-effective as non-animal test methods, is unacceptable, especially as it also does not ensure safety for human use. This bill strikes a welcome balance in addressing deficiencies in oversight of the cosmetics industry by banning the use of harmful chemicals and requiring disclosure of all chemicals used in manufacturing cosmetic products.Today, all the nations in the European Union, along with many other countries around the world, are adopting laws that will ensure both humane and safe products. Requiring human relevant data in considering the safety of cosmetics and other personal care products will result in products that are both safer and more humane. Please give your support to this important legislation.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]