Consumer Protection Bill California AB 2762 Signed into Law

The Environmental Working Group and the Personal Care Products Council Work Together to Protect Public Health
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Working Group and the Personal Care Products Council applaud California Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing into law Assembly Bill 2762, which prohibits the sale and manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products with certain ingredients in California. This landmark bill moves the industry one step closer to global regulatory alignment.

“Californians now have greater assurance of the safety of the consumer products they use every day, like lotion and body wash, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, and makeup,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “This marks a momentous milestone in the history of cosmetics and personal care products regulation. And for the first time, groups like EWG along with a diverse group of stakeholders and the industry’s trade association, the Personal Care Products Council, support legislation to modernize the rules governing these products.”

California is the first state to limit the use of these ingredients from all cosmetics and personal care products such as moisturizers, hand sanitizers, body washes and other essential products used every day. The 12 ingredients are already prohibited from cosmetics and other personal care products sold in the European Union and other countries.

“We are pleased to have joined efforts with EWG and many other organizations on this important piece of legislation,” said PCPC President & CEO Lezlee Westine. “Californians deserve a law that provides consumers with continued confidence in the products they use and trust every day. We all agree that this bill helps protect public health in California while safeguarding the jobs of the more than the 415,000 Californians who work for the overall personal care industry and the more than $28 billion contributed to the state’s economy.”

The law was jointly authored by Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland).

Black Women for Wellness, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, CalPIRG and EWG were cosponsors, and other public health, environmental, consumer protection and faith-based organizations were integral to this joint effort.

We express special thanks for their leadership and dedicated staff that worked together to bring this legislation to fruition.

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To contact the Personal Care Products Council, please call: Stefanie Harrington, (202) 615-6558, [email protected]

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Through research, advocacy and unique education tools, EWG drives consumer choice and civic action. https://www.ewg.org/californiacosmetics

The Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetics and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, PCPC represents approximately 600 member companies who manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation. For more information on cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org