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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

What's new in personal care product legislation?

Last week, we showcased a few unwanted medicine laws passed last year and gave you a peek into what's on deck for this year. Along with these pharmaceutical bills, the federal government and a handful of states will also be considering new rules for the development, sale, and oversight of personal care products.

For example, Michigan lawmakers introduced a bill this fall that would amend the state Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act to include on ban on the sale of personal care products that contain plastic particles. The ban would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. The amendment would also prohibit Michigan manufacturers from adding plastic particles to any personal care product. HB4994 is awaiting a vote in the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.

Here are some additional bills we are watching:

Federal: SB1009 and SB696 would put in place new safety standards and more rigorous testing requirements for chemicals like the ones found in some personal care products. The bills would modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

HB1385 would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow the federal health agency to regulate cosmetics.

Massachusetts: H1990 would require manufacturers to disclose ingredients known to be carcinogenic or cause developmental problems and make safety and testing data public.

H2062 would require cosmetic manufacturers to report the use of any unsafe chemicals to the state public health department.

Minnesota: SB466 and HF605 would require manufacturers of children's products to disclose the use of harmful chemicals, amend the criteria for priority chemicals, and authorize the Pollution Control Agency to prohibit the sale of potentially harmful products.

SF1166 would ban the sale of products containing triclosan and similar antibacterial compounds.

New York: AB4765 would mirror the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 and establish an authoritative body charged with identifying potentially cancerous or reproductively-toxic chemicals.

North Carolina: H848 would authorize a study on the impact of toxic chemicals on child health.

Vermont: H0308 would authorize the state Board of Health to investigate products containing cancer-causing or reproductively-toxic chemicals.

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 1:57PM on 2/5/2014
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