California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Fails Amid Industry Pressure

Posted on 5/3/2019 by Lauren Scott

As the world’s fifth-largest economy, it’s no surprise that California is the frontrunner for environmental, health, and safety regulations. But last month, the Golden State failed to move another step forward when the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act got delayed until further notice.

State lawmakers were scheduled to vote on the bill on April 23, but the state Assembly’s Environment, Safety, and Toxic Materials Committee put off the vote when it became clear that supporters did not have the necessary votes to move the bill forward.

The "Toxic 20"

Due to California’s significant economy, consumer protection advocates hoped that the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act would force manufacturers to reformulate their makeup, deodorant, moisturizers, and hair care products sold throughout the US.

The bill defines a “toxic 20” list of potentially hazardous ingredients and prohibits their use in personal-care products. These ingredients include dibutyl phthalate, diethylhexyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde releasers, mercury and related compounds, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, toluene, triclosan, carbon black, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Industry Voiced Concerns

Industry trade groups voiced their concerns with California legislators in April. Trade groups like the Personal Care Products Council argue that the substances prohibited under the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act are safe when used “under prescribed conditions in cosmetics and personal-care products.”

While not officially dead, the bill lacks support and consumer protection advocates hope to find votes needed to move the bill onward to the Assembly Health Committee. The law very well may resurface in 2020.

California Haz Waste and Environmental Regs Training Coming Soon

California continues to lead the charge on environmental and hazardous waste regulations. Join us in July for an in-depth, comprehensive California Hazardous Waste Workshop. You will leave with actionable insights that keep your hazardous waste facility in compliance and the confidence to anticipate new regulations coming soon to the Golden State.

 *Anaheim            July 8–9
Palmdale             July 11–12
Sacramento        July 15–16
San Jose              July 18–19     
*Complete your training by joining the Complete Environmental Regulations Workshop in Anaheim on July 10–11. Build on your environmental expertise and ensure your facility manages compliance with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, TSCA, EPCRA, CERCLA, and more.

Tags: CA, California, consumer protection, cosmetics, EREG, health, legislation, personal goods, regulation

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

I love that the instructor emphasized the thought process behind the regs.

Rebecca Saxena

Corporate Product Stewardship Specialist

Lion provided an excellent introduction to environmental regulations, making the transition to a new career as an EHS specialist less daunting of a task. Drinking from a fire hose when the flow of water is lessened, is much more enjoyable!

Stephanie Weathers

SHE Specialist

The instructor did an excellent job presenting a very dry subject; keeping everyone interested and making it enjoyable.

Marc Bugg

Hazardous Waste Professional

The training was impressive. I am not a fan of online training but this was put together very well. I would recommend Lion to others.

Donnie James

Quality Manager

I think LION does an excellent job of any training they do. Materials provided are very useful to my day-to-day work activities.

Pamela Embody

EHS Specialist

I chose Lion's online webinar because it is simple, effective, and easily accessible.

Jeremy Bost

Environmental Health & Safety Technician

Amazing instructor; real-life examples. Lion training gets better every year!

Frank Papandrea

Environmental Manager

This course went above my expectations from the moment I walked in the door. The instructor led us through two days packed with useful compliance information.

Rachel Stewart

Environmental Manager

One of the best trainings I have ever received!

Brandon Morfin

EH&S Manager

The instructor had knowledge of regulations and understanding of real-world situations. The presentation style was engaging and fostered a positive atmosphere for information sharing.

Linda Arlen

Safety & Environmental Compliance Officer

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Get to know the top 5 changes to OSHA’s revised GHS Hazard Communication Standard at 29 CFR 1910.1200 and how the updates impacts employee safety at your facility.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.