Oppose the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org
[Ed. Note: And take action here - Act Now to Stop Cruel Cosmetics Tests on Animals in the U.S.]
STOP The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act (SCPCPA), H.R.
1385 that requires the registration and toxicity testing of all cosmetic
ingredients, old and new.
Write to Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky who is the sponsor of
H.R. 1385 and tell her to withdraw this legislation immediately before it
goes any further:
Chicago, IL 60640
820 Davis Street, Suite 105
Evanston, IL 60201
1852 Johns Drive
Glenview, IL 60025
In Washington, D.C.
2367 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Chicago - (773) 506-7100
Evanston - (847) 328-3409
Glenview - (847) 328-3409
Washington DC - (202) 225-2111
Chicago - (773) 506-9202
Glenview - (847) 328-3425
Washington DC - (202) 226-6890
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act (SCPCPA), H.R. 1385,
requires the registration and toxicity testing of all cosmetic ingredients,
old and new. A recent article, Safety Evaluations under the Proposed US Safe
Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013: Animal Use and Cost
Estimates, in the peer-reviewed journal ALTEX, studies the language of this
federal legislation to project the amount of animal testing that the law
Summary of Findings (click here to read the full text of the article)
- Animal testing would surge. One million to 11.5 million animals
would be subject to testing in the first 10 years under the SCPCPA.1. By
comparison, the article estimates that currently, 27,000 animals are
used in cosmetic ingredient testing worldwide annually, or 270,000
animals over the same 10-year period.2.
- Costs to businesses would be tremendous. Under the SCPCPA, cosmetic
manufacturers and ingredient suppliers would likely pay $1.7 - $9 billion in
10 years to perform animal tests on cosmetic ingredients.3. Current estimates
suggest that cosmetic ingredient testing costs $54 million annually or $540
million worldwide over 10 years.4.
- Regulators would be overwhelmed with implementation. The SCPCPA requires
new regulatory functions for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to
create priority lists for ingredient testing as well as oversee pre-market
evaluation of new ingredients. By year 10, that would involve an estimated
18,800 cosmetic ingredients in use in the United States.5. However, the
legislation would only mandate that 1,200 ingredients undergo evaluations
over 10 years in additional to any premarket testing for new ingredients.
Even under optimal conditions, the number of ingredients to receive
evaluations would be 10,000, a little over half of ingredients likely in use
in 10 years.
- For consumer safety, the priority should be the development and use of
alternatives. Animal based toxicity tests are expensive and time-consuming.
As the National Research Council concluded in its 2007 report, Toxicity
Testing in the 21st Century, a Vision and a Strategy, the future of safety
testing depends on the creation of high-throughput screening tests that
enable the rapid evaluation of many ingredients. If more resources are
consumed using animal tests, less are available for the development of the
alternatives that will ultimately save time, money, and animal lives.
Using animals to test cosmetics is unjustified cruelty. The public made
the decision decades ago that using animals to test products like shampoo
and eye shadow is not acceptable. Consumers demanded change, and industry
and regulators focused resources on the development of non-animal
alternative test methods instead. By requiring a massive new testing scheme
for cosmetic ingredients without the availability of alternatives for all
the newly required tests, we are taking a major step backward.
United States companies will be at a disadvantage. In 2004, the European
Union banned animal testing for cosmetic products and now bans the sale of
cosmetic products with ingredients tested on animals. Israel and India
followed suit in 2007 and 2013 respectively. Even China has recently
announced plans to phase out mandatory animal testing for cosmetic products.
Non-animal alternative test methods are better for companies, consumers,
and animals. Not only are animal tests expensive and time-consuming, but the
results of animal studies offer questionable information about human safety.
Alternatives provide data relevant to humans. Concerns about the safety of
cosmetic ingredients should be addressed by looking at the best way to
obtain safety data in a timely, cost-effective manner while also preventing
the unnecessary suffering of millions of animals.
- Due to uncertainty about the exact tests that will be required by the
Food and Drug Administration, the authors detail four different testing
scenarios that would affect the number of animals and money needed to
complete the tests.
- These figures are based on the introduction of 500-700 new chemicals, the
number of new cosmetic ingredients developed worldwide each year. Because
the SCPCPA requirements would affect ingredient companies worldwide, the
authors used this number as a basis for comparison.
- See Note 1.
- See Note 2.
- The number of ingredients in use in 10 years was formulated by taking the
total number of cosmetic ingredients available in 2013 (20,800) and adding
500-700 each year. The authors then estimated conservatively that 70% of
those ingredients would be in use during the 10-year period.
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