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It appears that hopes may be dashed for a fast-tracked NAFTA update, putting the trade agreement’s future in question. The cosmetics industry has much to gain from the reboot, which stands to include an annex promoting regulatory best practices and other principles for "cost savings and greater competitiveness for our industry," according to PCPC leadership.
At EU Parliament in Brussels, 620 MEPs vote in favor of the “diplomatic drive” for a global ban on cosmetic animal testing by 2023, with 14 voting against the measure and 18 abstaining. Europe fully banned cosmetic animal testing five years ago, but it is not banned in 80% of the world and convincing other governments to adopt a ban is a challenge given the lack of accepted non-animal alternatives for certain safety endpoints.
Personal Care Products Council and Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors assert confidence in and support for Cosmetic Ingredient Review while also signaling an openness to alterations to the expert panel’s role as Congress considers changes to its purview. PCPC characterized recent WVE report’s claims as “baseless,” highlighting the expert panelists’ “world renowned” expertise as well as the panel’s open, public forums and peer-reviewed assessments.
There’s no new wealth of information on FDA’s cosmetics activities in its justification for proposed fiscal 2019 spending, potentially signaling that cosmetics will remain a low-priority area for the agency.
EWG taps reality TV and social media celebrity Kourtney Kardashian to speak in support of the Personal Care Products Safety Act during a congressional briefing with legislators expected to soon release another bill that would overhaul FDA’s cosmetics regulatory structure. EWG President Ken Cook said Kardashian’s involvement could spur consumers to get more involved in the issue.