California’s toxic-free cosmetics act moves forward for governor’s approval


The California legislature passes the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, A.B. 2762 and now the bill is passed to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The landmark legislation bans 12 toxic ingredients which are already prohibited from cosmetics and other personal care products sold in the European Union and other countries.

Bill to Ban Toxic Fluorinated Chemicals

The list of banned chemicals includes the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, mercury, formaldehyde, as well as endocrine-disrupting phthalates and long-chain parabens, preservatives used in skincare products. The U.S. has done little to protect consumers from unsafe ingredients in personal care products. For more than 80 years, Congress has neglected to increase the scope of the FDA’s authority on cosmetics, limiting the agency’s ability to ensure the safety of cosmetic products.

Creating Global Standard for Cosmetic Safety

By contrast, the EU has performed rigorous research to identify the chemicals that are not safe for use in cosmetics and other personal care products. By following their science on chemical bans, Californians will be safer, while also creating a more global standard for cosmetic safety. “California is the first state to ban ingredients from personal care products. And for the first time, groups like EWG and the industry’s trade association, the Personal Care Products Council, support legislation to modernize the rules governing these everyday products. We urge Gov. Newsom to sign this absolutely necessary legislation into law,” said Ken Cook, president of EWG., 2 September 2020
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