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Personal Care Product Council (PCPC)

Personal Care Product Council (PCPC)

Lisa Powers (Senior Vice President)

Personal Care Product Council (PCPC)

Since 1894, the Personal Care Products Council’s mission has remained very much the same; to ensure that member companies can develop safe, quality, and innovative beauty and personal care products that help consumers live better, healthier lives.  Our commitment to consumers and our members has never been greater.  As part of that commitment, we are a leading source of information and a strong advocate for more than 600 small, medium, and large-sized companies representing the most beloved and trusted brands in beauty and personal care today.  Based in Washington, DC, the Council represents global leaders that manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of cosmetics and finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. 

Our industry’s commitment to safety has deep roots.  Under the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetics (FD&C) Act, our industry is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is considered one of the safest product categories under FDA’s purview.  To further ensure safety and at FDA’s suggestion, more than 35 years ago, the industry established the Cosmetic Ingredient Review or CIR program.  CIR’s expert panel is an independent, non-profit scientific body that assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics in the U. S. The panel is comprised of world-renowned scientists and physicians who have been publicly nominated by consumer, scientific and medical groups, government agencies, and industry.  Since 1976 when CIR was established, FDA, the Consumer Federation of America and the Council have provided non-voting representatives that are actively involved in the comment and discussion process.  CIR meetings are held four times a year and are open to the public.

While we are proud of our safety record, we recognize that the cosmetics law granting authority to FDA hasn’t been amended since 1938, when passed by Congress.  A lot has happened since then.  Science has made considerable leaps. Thousands of new products have been developed and introduced into the marketplace. And, consumers want greater transparency for everything that touches their lives.  That is why our industry supports meaningful enhancements to the law that would strengthen and modernize FDA oversight of our industry, provide greater transparency about how companies work to ensure product safety, and most importantly, ensure that legislative and regulatory decisions are based on sound science. 

Our commitment to global harmonization of cosmetics regulation and global collaboration remains strong as well.  As one of our primary focus areas, the Council is working closely with our global partners to harmonize regulations, reduce trade barriers and prevent the stifling of innovation as our companies serve consumers worldwide.

We believe that consumers should be well informed when making purchasing decisions for themselves and their families.   This belief is demonstrated through our science and safety website, www.cosemticsinfo.org, an easily accessible online resource based on factual, scientific information about  personal care products and the ingredients used in them.  We also are using social media platforms such as Twitter (@CouncilRep) and YouTube (Personal Care Products Council) to keep consumers up-to-date on issues most important to them and to serve as a valuable source to news outlets covering our industry.  Equally important, is telling the story of the important economic and social contributions of our industry. 

In terms of value to the economy, our industry’s presence can be felt in every state across our nation. We provide the U.S. with 8.2 millions jobs, $109-billion in labor income, $188-billion to the gross domestic product, and $50-billion in annual taxes paid.

But the value of the personal care products industry extends far beyond its ability to improve the standard of living for millions of Americans. We also improve the health and quality of life for consumers worldwide.  We are an industry made up of people who care. As a whole, we donate more than $200 million annually to charities nationwide. An industry largely comprised by and for women, we are especially attuned to women’s issues. We support programs that combat domestic abuse and the demoralizing impacts of breast and other types of cancers.

OurLook Good Feel Better program has helped hundreds of thousands of women suffering from cancer to improve their confidence and self-esteem during exceedingly difficult times in their lives. The program offers free workshops providing comfort and practical ways for patients to address appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment – whether through temporary hair accessories, use of cosmetics or lessons on skin and nail care.

In all these ways, we play a role in the daily routine of practically every single American.   For more information on the Council, please visit our website at http://www.personalcarecouncil.org/.

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