In the absence of federal oversight of the cosmetics industry, states have taken steps to regulate the safety of cosmetics to ensure consumers have access to safer products and more information about the safety of the products they buy.

Numerous states have adopted safe cosmetics legislation.

  • Minnesota banned formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, in children’s personal care products like lotions, shampoos and bubble baths in 2013. The ban against the use of formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives applies to products intended for children under eight.
  • In 2008, the state of Washington adopted the Children’s Safe Product Act (CSPA – Chapter 70.240 RCW), which requires manufacturers of children’s products – including personal care products — sold in Washington to report to the state if their product contains a Chemical of High Concern to Children.
  • In 2005, California became the first state in the nation to pass state legislation governing the safety and reporting of cosmetic ingredients. The California Safe Cosmetics Act requires manufacturers to disclose to the state any product ingredient that is on state or federal lists of chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects. The resulting California Safe Cosmetics Program Product Database is now actively reporting data from companies in a publicly accessible database.

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