Cosmetics Regulation Reform in the United States
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CAMPAIGN UPDATE: PCRM is continuing to monitor all U.S. cosmetics legislative efforts and meet with allies and congressional staff.
In the previous congressional session three bills were introduced in the House of Representatives with the goal of improving cosmetics safety and regulation: H.R. 4395 Cosmetics Safety Amendments Act of 2012, H.R. 4262 Cosmetics Safety Enhancement Act of 2012, and H.R. 2359 Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. But these well-intentioned bills had serious flaws.
To be effective, new regulations for cosmetics must embrace efficient cell- and computer-based testing and assessment strategies. Otherwise, the legislation could lead to significant increases in misleading and inhumane animal testing. To learn more, read our background paper on cosmetics regulation and safety testing and the Safe Cosmetics Act FAQ.
To ensure human safety and drive advances in nonanimal test methods, Congress should:
- Ban animal testing for cosmetics and cosmetics ingredients
- Provide funding and incentives to support the development and use of cell- and computer-based methods
- Until a ban is in effect, streamline and tailor testing by integrating modern chemical-assessment principles
“Twenty-First Century Toxicology” or “Tox21” refers to a diverse set of efforts intended to implement a report written by the National Research Council. This report titled Toxicity Testing in the Twenty-first Century: A Vision and a Strategy outlines a step-by-step plan to modernize toxicity testing with nonanimal methods that better predict human responses to chemicals. These cell- and computer-based methods provide more accurate data on a greater number of human health effects. The tests are also quicker and more affordable than traditional animal-based methods.
To learn more, read the Safe Cosmetics Act FAQ.