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Now Is the Time for Personal Care Products Safety Reform

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It’s been more than 70 years since the United States last updated our laws regulating personal care products, which include products from baby shampoo to anti-wrinkle creams. We think you’ll agree that public health and safety laws passed in the late 1930s deserve to at least be revisited for accuracy and relevancy. It’s for that reason the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies supports modernizing a law that will enhance the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to regulate personal care products, helping to bring peace of mind to consumers across the United States.

The Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies supports the Personal Care Products Safety Act sponsored by Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME). We welcome the opportunity to work with Congress and the U.S. FDA to better serve consumers and we thank Senators Feinstein and Collins for their bipartisan leadership on this important issue.

For more on our position on the Personal Care Products Safety Act, see here.

In short, Johnson & Johnson is supporting legislation that willrequire the registration of manufacturing facilities for personal care products;

  • require industry to report adverse events to FDA;
  • standardize Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for cosmetics and personal care products;
  • and grant the FDA mandatory recall authority.

We also support giving FDA the authority to directly determine the safety and safe use of individual ingredients.

You may remember that we made a promise to our consumers to remove certain ingredients from our baby and beauty care products. While our products and the ingredients we used were always safe, we recognize that consumer confidence is more than just a change to our product formulas – it’s about a holistic approach to ensuring that personal care products on the market today are safe and that everyone plays by the same rules to provide consumer safety.

To us, it is important that the U.S. FDA’s authority bring peace of mind to consumers, reflect modern science and consumer expectations.

Our company is committed to working with regulatory bodies, policy makers, industry, healthcare professionals and consumers in the U.S. to develop recommended ingredient safety guidelines and testing methodologies consistent with modern science to best serve our consumers and the public health

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of consumers and maintaining their trust in our products.

We believe that in order to best serve consumers, healthcare professionals, patients, and families, as well as our employees and the public, we are urging Congress to act on the Personal Care Products Safety Act.

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