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Washington—The Good Housekeeping Institute has endorsed the Personal Care Products Safety Act, legislation introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to update the 80-year-old federal safety rules for personal care products.

“I’m grateful that Good Housekeeping has endorsed our bill to update federal safety rules for personal care products for the first time since 1938,” said Senator Feinstein. “The scientists who test personal care products at the Good Housekeeping Institute know that a uniform safety standard, including the independent evaluation of ingredients, is long-overdue and sorely needed to protect consumers.”

The Good Housekeeping Institute, founded in 1900, is a state-of-the art testing facility staffed by engineers, researchers and scientists who vet thousands of products and recipes each year. Products or services appearing on the pages of Good Housekeeping magazine, reaching more than 30 million readers each month, have been evaluated by the Good Housekeeping Institute to ensure quality, safety and performance.

“Good Housekeeping has played a major role in working with the FDA and Congress, among other government agencies, to help ensure that consumer products uphold measures of safety across all industries, for over a century,” said Jane Francisco, editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping. “In light of recent advancements in product formulations and ingredients, it is time the government updates how it evaluates what is being sold. Good Housekeeping is proud to partner on the Personal Care Products Safety Act to help safeguard consumers and demand that product ingredients are held up to the highest standards that consumers have come to equate with Good Housekeeping.”

“Each year hundreds of personal care products come across my desk to be tested for performance in the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Beauty Lab. With no federal oversight, we go the extra mile to vet the safety of ingredients in every product we report on,” said Birnur Aral, Ph.D., director of Good Housekeeping Institute’s Health, Beauty & Environmental Sciences Lab. “The lack of unbiased and up-to-date guidance is especially critical when trying to develop a stance on controversial ingredients such as parabens and nanoparticles. The Personal Care Product Safety Act will give the FDA the authority and resources to conduct safety studies on five such ingredients each year, so we all can start having more confidence in the beauty products on the market.”

The Personal Care Products Safety Act would:

  • Require the FDA to evaluate at least five ingredients per year to determine whether they are safe, and if so, the appropriate concentration for their use.
  • Provide the FDA the authority to order recalls of certain personal care products that threaten consumer safety.
  • Provide the FDA the authority to require labeling of products that include ingredients not appropriate for children and those that should be professionally administered. Complete label information, including ingredients and product warnings, would also be required to be posted online.
  • Require companies to provide contact information on their products for consumers and report serious adverse events to the FDA within 15 days, including death, hospitalization and disfigurement. Health effects that could have resulted in hospitalization without early intervention would also be required to be reported.
  • Require manufacturers to register annually with the FDA and provide the agency with information on the ingredients used in their personal care products.
  • Direct the FDA to issue regulations on Good Manufacturing Practices for personal care products.