Proposition 65 and the Cosmetic Industry


Do you know what Proposition 65 is?

Proposition 65 is also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Control Act. It is a law approved in 1986 in California which is being sued by voters there. Californians’ primary goal was to preserve and protect sources of drinking water from harmful substances to health, in addition to eliminate the exposure of chemicals in consumer products which can lead to cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive problems.

Therefore, it is necessary for any company interested in operating in California to sell products in this State comply with Prop 65. And for this, the State keeps and updates, at least once a year, a list of chemicals known to be harmful to human health. This list includes approximately 900 toxic substances.

What kinds of substances are on the Proposition 65 list?

This list includes a wide variety of synthetic and natural chemicals, from additives, pesticide ingredients, household products to products related to the world of construction and manufacturing.

How does Proposition 65 affect the Cosmetic Industry and my cosmetic product?

In the manufacture process of cosmetic products, a wide variety of chemical products are used, from the mixture of various raw materials to obtain the finished final product and the composition of the container that contains it.

Numerous plaintiffs have attacked to manufacturers and distributors alleging that their products do not warn the consumer of the risks of the associated products. As a business owner who wants to launch cosmetic products into the State of California, you must inform customers prior to purchase if the products you sell contain the chemicals listed on the Proposition 65 list.

By law, it is necessary to provide a warning unless the exposure is low enough not to carry a significant risk of cancer or is well below thresholds for observed levels to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm. However, if your cosmetic products contain a significant amount of the chemicals listed on Proposition 65, they will be required to declare themselves on labels clearly and reasonable warnings, in accordance with Article 6 of the California.

Who is exempt?

Those companies that have a reduced workforce, with a maximum of 10 employees, public water systems and government agencies.

What does Cosmeservice offer against Proposition 65?

Cosmeservice want to show you all of our collaboration and help in evaluating your cosmetic products against Proposition 65. It will be checked your product information and evaluated against the restricted list of California Proposition 65. Additionally, you will receive how to keep going in making labeling warnings.

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