Claiming that cosmetics are “the least regulated consumer products on the market today,” Democratic Representatives Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Ed Markey (Mass.) and Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) have introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R. 2359). The bill would, among other matters, amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require post-market testing, company registration, ingredient labels, the compilation of a prohibited ingredients list, recall authority for misbranded products, and mandatory reporting of adverse health effects. The bill would also allow states to adopt even more stringent standards and requirements.

According to Schakowsky, the cosmetics industry “uses roughly 12,500 unique chemical ingredients in personal care products—the vast majority of which have never been assessed for safety by any publicly accountable body.” She noted that similar legislation introduced in the 111th Congress has been changed to ease potential burdens on small cosmetic companies and clarify the bill’s intent. See Rep. Jan Schakowsky Press Release, June 24, 2011.