The Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs works on small business and FDA issues. This is a brief update to bring you up to speed on legislative issues regarding potential cosmetic regulatory reform. With the political transition currently, there are a lot of unknowns legislatively. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its cosmetics hearing in September, 2016, and while no announcements were made, it appeared that there was a consensus on the part of senators who participated in the hearing that they would attempt to pass legislation at some point in the future. Senators Collins (R-ME) and Feinstein (D-CA) continue to push their legislation, S.1014, the so-called “Personal Care Products Safety Act.” Representatives Frank Pallone and Leonard Lance, both of New Jersey, continue to work on the “discussion draft” they released in September. Finally, Pete Sessions has re-introduced the Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act. It is unclear what the change in the White House will do for the regulatory regime overseeing cosmetics.
UPDATE: Representative Pete Sessions of Texas has re-introduced legislation, H.R. 575 or the “Cosmetics Modernization Amendments of 2017,” that would amend existing laws regarding cosmetics regulations. The bill is nearly identical to the one he introduced last Congress, “The Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act.” H.R. 4075 The effort by Representative Sessions is the first of what is sure to be several initiatives that have the potential to impact the handcrafted industry. Read more about it here.
On Thursday, February 16th (one week from today), there will be a COHE briefing call at 11 a.m. PST. In this briefing call, we will discuss what we expect in 2017 and how you can help the discussion. Don’t hesitate to join the conversation and stay informed on the issues that may impact your small business.
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