Signed into Law
•President Barak Obama has signed into law HR 1321:
Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. The Act was passed by
the House and Senate on Dec. 18, 2015. The bill phases out
the manufacture of facewash, toothpaste and shampoo containing plastic microbeads by July 1, 2017 and the sale of such
beauty products by July 1, 2018. Following in the footsteps of
California’s ban enacted earlier this year, HR 1321, the Act,
which was introduced by Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and
Fred Upton (R-MI), bans all plastic microbeads from beauty
products, including those made from biodegradable plastics.
More info: www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1321
SOCMA Decries Lack of Congressional Effort
Regarding Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
•The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates
(SOCMA) recently voiced its “disappointment in the failure by
Congress” to include a solution to the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
(MTB) in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of
2015, HR 644.
According to William E. Allmond, SOCMA vice president of
government and public relations, despite rising regulatory costs,
raw material prices and overseas competition, Congress decided
that now isn’t a convenient time to provide duty suspension relief
for specialty chemical manufacturers.
“Including the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill in its conference re-
port on the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
should have been an easy task,” insisted Allmond. “While the bill
includes many important outcomes on customs enforcement
and intellectual property, there is continuing frustration among
SOCMA members that there is no way forward for the MTB.”
According to Allmond, SOCMA members have been un-
able to take advantage of the benefits the MTB provides since
Congress failed to renew the bill in December 2012, and many
have been locked out of the process.
“SOCMA members’ ability to innovate is one of the few
SOCMA is urging the House and Senate to quickly fulfill their
sources of competitive advantage, and without the MTB, they in-
cur higher prices for raw materials, R&D activity becomes more
difficult, and their competitiveness declines in the global market-
place,” Allmond concluded.
pledge to find a way forward on passing the Miscellaneous Tariff
In other news, Charles“Chuck”Bennett of Dixie Chemical was
elected to a two-year term as SOCMA chairman during the association’s 94th annual business meeting in New York City. Having
served in the chemical industry for nearly 40 years, Bennett brings
depth and breadth of knowledge to the role. Bennett succeeds J.
Steel Hutchinson, president and CEO of GFS Chemicals, Inc.
More info: www.socma.com
Conference Institute Joins with ICMAD
•ICMAD is collaborating with the American Conference
Institute (ACI) to present the 3rd Annual Legal, Regulatory, and
Compliance Forum on Cosmetics and Personal Care Products,
March 7-9, 2016, at The Carlton Hotel, New York.
The forum will feature a comprehensive analysis on develop-
ments impacting the cosmetics industry.
Two new federal bills, Personal Care Products Safety Act (S
1014) and The Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act (HR 4075),
were introduced in order to update the current regulatory scheme
and reflect the advances made in science and technology for cosmetics and personal care products.
ACI has designed this year’s agenda to help decision-mak-
ers and business leaders make sense of the ramifications of the
pending federal bills and to provide a forum to help the industry
ICMAD president and CEO Pamela Jo Busiek will co-chair,
along with Locke Lord LLP Counsel Sharon Blinkoff, who also
serves as ICMAD board secretary and general counsel, and
Thomas Cohn, general counsel for Atlantic Coast Brands.
The forum will feature representatives from Avon, Beiersdorf,
Clorox, Colgate-Palmolive, Edgewell, Galderma, Rodan + Fields,
and Unilever, as well as attorneys who practice in the cosmetic
and personal products field.
In November, ICMAD declared support of HR 4075
as legislation that increases consumer protections on cos-
metics while allowing continued growth of small and
entrepreneurial cosmetics enterprises in the U.S.
Other ICMAD events on the horizon include the Cosmetic/
Technical Regulatory Forum on Feb. 17 at the Island Hotel in
Newport Beach, CA.
More info: www.americanconference.com/Cos •
•Josie Maran Cosmetics and Gilchrist & Soames have recalled
personal care products, according to data published by the US Food
and drug administration.
Specifically, the 1.7oz jar and 2ml sample packets of Josie Maran
argan oil Face cream were pulled from the market due to preserva-
tive issues and potential enterobacter gergoviae contamination.
according to the Fda, several gilchrist & Soames products were
recalled by the manufacturer due to bacterial contamination.
RECALLS AT JOSIE MARAN,
GIlCHRIST & SOAMeS