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California Safe Cosmetics Program - Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions for Industry

1.  Who is required to report?

2.  Which products and which ingredients must be reported?

3.  When does reporting begin?

4.  How should reports be submitted? 

5.  How can changes be made to a submitted report?

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Consumers

6.  How can the California Safe Cosmetics Program benefit workers and consumers? 

7.  What ingredients are listed on a product label? 

8.  Will all reported information be made available to the public? 

9.  When will the reported information be made available to the public? 

 

1Who is required to report?

Any manufacturer, packer, and/or distributor named on the label of a cosmetic product sold in California is required to report under this law if their total annual sales of cosmetic products, both within and outside of California, exceed $1 million. Companies with annual sales of less than $1 million are not required to report on their products.

2Which products and which ingredients must be reported?

Any products sold in California that contain a chemical known or suspected of causing cancer or reproductive harm must be reported. This includes ingredients listed by name on the product label, or referred to as “fragrance,” “flavoring,” or “other ingredient.” To assist companies with reporting, the California Safe Cosmetics Program compiled a list of chemicals in consultation with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. The list includes chemicals currently listed under California’s Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act), as well as chemicals identified by other scientific authorities cited in the Safe Cosmetics Act, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Toxicology Program, and International Agency for Research on Cancer. The CSCP chemical list is currently available and will be periodically updated as new information is received.

3When does reporting begin?

Reporting will begin some time after January 1, 2007, on a schedule determined by the California Safe Cosmetics Program, California Department of Public Health. We are currently developing a reporting schedule for industry, which will be posted on this Web site as soon as it is established.

4How should reports be submitted?

Companies will report electronically using a report format developed by the California Safe Cosmetics Program. Reporting guidelines and a link to the reporting form will be posted on this Web site as soon as they are available. Under special circumstances, manufacturers may be allowed to report using a paper format.

5How can changes be made to a submitted report?

A Notification of Change Form should be submitted if any changes need to be made on a previously submitted report. A link to the Notification of Change form will be posted on this Web site as soon as it is available.

6How can the California Safe Cosmetics Program benefit workers and consumers?

This new law requires manufacturers, packers, and/or distributors named on cosmetic product labels to provide to the California Department of Public Health a list of products, which contain any chemicals known or suspected by an authoritative scientific body to cause cancer or reproductive harm. The California Safe Cosmetics Program will provide workers, employers, and consumers with more information about the products they purchase and use.

7What ingredients are listed on a product label?

Federal law requires cosmetics manufacturers, packers, or distributors to list the ingredients of their products on the product label. However, some ingredients are considered manufacturer trade secrets and may not be required to be listed. For example, chemicals used to make fragrances do not need to be individually listed.

8Will all reported information be made available to the public?

No. Although companies are not exempt from reporting trade secret information to the California Safe Cosmetics Program, the law does not allow the Program to provide this information to the public.

9When will the reported information be made available to the public?

Once the reporting system is in place and sufficient data are received and entered into the database, the California Safe Cosmetics Program will prepare a product list and a summary report that will be posted on this Web site. This list and summary report will be periodically updated as new information is received.

 

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