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The bill was introduced and has been referred to the Senate HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions).
You can track the bill at GovTrack.com.
The first version of this legislation, introduced in 2015, would have been devastating to the handcrafted soap
and cosmetic industry, had it passed. In conjunction with
The Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs (COHE) and the
Handmade Cosmetic Alliance (HCA),
we have been working hard behind the scenes with staff from both Senators offices in DC to ensure that there are adequate small business
provisions in this updated bill.
We are pleased to say that our efforts have been effective!.
The 2015 bill contained only a $100,000 exemption level for small business. This new version contains the following provisions and exemptions
to assist small businesses:
Since 2008, Congress has shown an interest in updating the 80 year old Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act. Many bills have been released, sometimes as
many as three per term. The HSCG has been involved in Federal Advocacy since 2008 and has had the benefit of working with a Professional
DC Advocate (currently Debra Carnahan) for many years.
The HSCG’s position is that no new cosmetic regulations are needed in the United States and that the handcrafted cosmetic industry is
safe. We recognize, however, that Congress will pass updated cosmetic legislation sometime in the very near future. The HSCG advocates
to educate Members of Congress about the industry and the people and businesses that make it up. We also work with lawmakers to ensure
that any legislation that is passed will protect these businesses, products and people and not create burdensome or costly regulations.
Working with COHE and HCA, we are confident that the provisions in The Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017 will ensure that
handcrafted soap and cosmetic businesses can continue to operate, grow and thrive in the United States.
For additional information, please read our joint letter,
dated May 9, 2017, to Senators Feinstein and Collins and
the full text of the bill.
We will continue to monitor the legislation and provide updates as warranted.
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