This month the Mellman Group and American Viewpoint released their study findings showing that voters overwhelmingly support increased regulation of cosmetics and personal care products. Currently, there is very little regulation of the $60 billion beauty industry. The federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act, is nearly 80 years old and doesn’t ensure that cosmetics are safe the way it should for today’s active beauty users.

Key Findings

  • 94 percent believe that companies should be required to notify the government when their products injure consumers
  •  87 percent believe federal officials should have the authority to recall personal care products found to contain toxic chemicals
  •  87 percent want stricter regulation of personal care products
  •  74 percent are less likely to purchase products from companies that fight regulation
  •  Almost two-thirds of likely voters want their cosmetics to be safe
  •  90% believe the government should have the power to compel clean and safe product production
  • 84% support ingredient disclosure requirements
  • There is a widespread impression that products are checked for safety before placed on the market
  • A third are under the mistaken impression that the government has cleared most of the chemicals used in personal care products
  • Companies that fight these regulations risk consumer backlash
  • The issue cuts across party lines

Legislation To Update Outdated Cosmetics Act

In a previous post we talked about (read it here), a bill introduced in Congress by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) requiring companies to ensure that their products are safe before putting them on the market and give the Food and Drug Administration the tools to better oversee the beauty industry.

What’s important to note is that this is the first time that federal legislation has the support of both consumer and industry groups including the Personal Care Products Council (the trade group representing major cosmetics brands in Washington, DC), leading cosmetic companies and major public health organizations.

What’s Your Vote

Let’s remember that while brands, industry groups, and Congress work to make products safer – we can always keep our products clean and safe by tossing our old expired products and making sure we are using and storing them correctly.

Now that you see how your fellow beauty addicts feel about cosmetics regulation, what is your vote?

1938 is the online magazine blog for Well-Kept Beauty, formally entitled Primer.

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