California Safe Cosmetics Programme

28th May 2015
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No smoke without fire… there is no way a US government department would set up this reporting system if there were no concerns in the matter.   California has responded to public demand & is attempting to go further than GRAS…[see my earlier post]


The primary purpose of the California Safe Cosmetics Program (CSCP) is to collect information on hazardous and potentially hazardous ingredients in cosmetic products sold in California and to make this information available to the public.

Many different chemicals are used in making cosmetics.  Consumer and worker advocacy groups are concerned because some cosmetic products contain chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, or damage to the reproductive system.

Those who work with cosmetics – including barbers, hair stylists, and skin care, body care and nail salon workers – may be more vulnerable to the adverse health effects posed by these products because they handle greater quantities of cosmetics with greater frequency.

The California Safe Cosmetics Act was signed into law in 2005.  For all cosmetic products sold in California, the Act requires the manufacturer, packer, and/or distributor named on the product label to provide to the CSCP a list of all cosmetic products that contain any ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer or developmental or other reproductive harm.

  • Maintain a guidance list of chemical agents known or suspected to cause cancer or developmental or other reproductive harm
  • Develop a user-friendly reporting system;
  • Create and maintain a publicly-available searchable database of product ingredient information submitted by companies;
  • Create reports of submitted data, including reported products, ingredients and reformulations;
  • Participate in meetings with health advocates, industry, regulators, and others to promote collaborative research efforts and to ensure product safety.

It appears to have taken them until 2015 to publish a 34 page reportable ingredients list which you can read here

It strikes me as very odd that the US Government have only banned 10 ingredients yet California has a list running to 34 pages.

What do you think?  Do let me know…

1 Comment

  1. Robyn says:

    These things amaze me. Our government has some work to do, yes?!

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