While the Humane Cosmetics Act continues to garner attention and support among members of Congress, another bill addressing the use of animals in conjunction with cosmetics and personal care items has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2018, HR 6903, would not only ban outright the inclusion of many toxic ingredients in these items, but would also—like the Humane Cosmetics Act—ban the use of animals for safety testing of the products.
HR 6903 would make it “unlawful for any entity to conduct, directly or pursuant to contract, animal testing for the purpose of developing a cosmetic for sale in or affecting interstate commerce” when validated alternatives are available. Other personal care safety bills introduced this session have addressed the use of non-animal tests; however, those bills have only recommended their use, not required their use. HR6903 stands out in its clarity, in that it would achieve chemical safety goals and non-animal testing goals.
Under this legislation, responsibility for the safety of ingredients would be split between the FDA and the product manufacturers. Testing would be required to be conducted using non-animal test methods unless there is no existing test validated by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM).
Although it is close to the end of the legislative session, please give your support to this bill, with the hope that it will be reintroduced—and passed—next year.