California set to ban an additional 26 chemicals from cosmetics

California’s assembly passed a bill prohibiting the manufacture and sale of cosmetics containing 26 discrete chemical substances. The bill was passed by a bipartisan vote and is expected to be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom for signature. Once it becomes law, California will have banned the intentional addition of a total of 50 chemicals in cosmetics.

Regulatory background

Cosmetic ingredients in California are governed by the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), which provides that cosmetics produced or distributed for retail sale to consumers for their personal care are required to bear an ingredient declaration (21 CFR 701.3).

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