Update – Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act – Letter to Colorado Lawmakers

I have written a letter that you can use to send to lawmakers in Colorado in opposition of The Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act, HB10-1248.

Please put the letter on your company letterhead to fully identify yourself and your company.

*We are sorry, you can no longer download the letter on this site.

Leigh O’Donnell

HSMG President

President@soapguild.org

From the President – Update – Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act

Whether you live and operate a business in the state of Colorado or not you need to pay attention to The Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act, HB10-1248.  Read the full bill here.

The main “intent” of the bill is to ban all ingredients known to be carcinogens or reproductive toxins in the state of Colorado and allow consumers to sue manufacturers that violate this with $5,000 – $10,000 fees.

The main problem with this bill, as written, is that it is very vague and confusing.  I have been consulting with leaders in our industry all week as well as many small soap and cosmetics manufacturers.  Even with all these minds put together we are having trouble decifering the nuances of this bill.  It raises too many questions, for example:

  • How will this “list” of banned ingredients be created, maintained and updated and by whom?
  • The bill mentions “authoritative bodies” or “formally organized groups” as the source for these banned ingredients.  What criterion will be used to deem whether or not a “group” is an acceptable source?  Here is the specific language from the bill:

(1) “AUTHORITATIVE BODY” MEANS THE FOLLOWING AGENCIES OR
3 FORMALLY ORGANIZED PROGRAMS OR GROUPS RECOGNIZED AS
4 AUTHORITATIVE FOR PURPOSES OF IDENTIFYING CHEMICALS THAT CAUSE
5 CANCER OR REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY:
6 (a) THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY,
7 OR ITS SUCCESSOR AGENCY;
8 (b) THE UNITED STATES FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, OR ITS
9 SUCCESSOR ENTITY;
10 (c) THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
11 HEALTH, OR ITS SUCCESSOR ENTITY;
12 (d) THE NATIONAL TOXICOLOGY PROGRAM, OR ITS SUCCESSOR
13 PROGRAM; AND
14 (e) THE INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR RESEARCH ON CANCER, OR
15 ITS SUCCESSOR AGENCY.

  • The bill opens the door for fraud and abuse of the court system, allowing the consumer to sue manufacturers for $5,000 – $10,000 fees.
  • The bill isn’t clear on whether it will only regulate manufacturers of cosmetics in the state of Colorado or will it also regulate manufacturers outside the state that sell in Colorado.  The specific language in the bill is here:

11 (3) (a) “MANUFACTURER” MEANS ANY PERSON WHOSE NAME
12 APPEARS ON THE LABEL OF A PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT PURSUANT TO THE
13 REQUIREMENTS OF 21 CFR 701.12.
14 (b) “MANUFACTURER” DOES NOT INCLUDE A RETAILER THAT SELLS
15 PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS AT RETAIL TO CONSUMERS UNLESS THE
16 RETAILER IS ALSO THE MANUFACTURER OF THE PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT.

HB10-1248 is being sponsored by The Women’s Lobby of Colorado in conjunction with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  The Women’s Lobby holds meetings at the Colorado Education Association at the corners of Colfax & Grant (1500 Grant Street) from 12:00 – 1:15 with lunch included.  Here are the upcoming dates:

  • March 3rd
  • March 17th
  • March 31st
  • April 14th
  • April 28th

There will be a hearing specifically for HB10-1248 on Monday, March 1st, held by the House Judiciary in rm 0107 in the basement of the Capitol Building.

We will post a letter later today that you can personalize and send to the representatives in Colorado opposing this bill for both residents and non-residents of Colorado.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me: President@Soapguild.org

Leigh O’Donnell

HSMG President

From the President – Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act

Colorado has proposed a bill known as The Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act, it was introduced by the Colorado Women’s Lobby under the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. If passed, Colorado will place a ban on all personal care products that contain carcinogens or reproductive toxins, placing $5,000 to $10,000 fines on any manufacturer that violates this ban. To read the entire bill visit here: http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2010A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/399D0F36FF7CAE54872576BD006FDDEC?Open&file=1248_01.pdf

To follow the progress of the bill visit here: http://www.leg.state.co.us/Clics/CLICS2010A/csl.nsf/BillFoldersHouse?openFrameset

The Bill is numbered HB10-1248.

The problem with this bill is that it is so broad and vague and the penalties so stiff that small businesses may no longer be able to do business in Colorado.

The bill is currently in the House Judiciary Committee and is sponsored in the house by Dianne Primavera, Dennis Apuan, Joe Miklosi Cap and Karen Middleton.

Here are their phone numbers & email addresses:

Dianne Primavera – 303-866-4667 – dianne.primavera.house@state.co.us

Dennis Apuan – 303-866-3069 – repdennisapuan@gmail.com

Karen Middleton – 303-866-3911 – repmiddleton@gmail.com

Joe Miklose Cap – 303-866-2910 – joe@joemiklosi.com

If you are a member that lives and/or does business in Colorado we urge you to contact the reps to have your voice heard. If you have already done so and have additional information please email me at:  President@soapguild.org

Some talking points:

Will acceptable limits be set for ingredients that are considered safe unless used in large quantaties?

What is the “Successor Agency” of the EPA, an “authoritative body” as written in this section of the bill:

“THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY (23) DECLARES IT TO BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE (24) TO TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS SOLD AND (25) USED IN THIS STATE ARE SAFE AND DO NOT CONTAIN SUBSTANCES THAT (26) CAUSE CANCER OR REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY.” HOUSE BILL 10-1248″

Soap is not specifically mentioned or exempted, will true soap be exempted from this bill?

Look for more information soon.  I will post as it becomes available.

Leigh O’Donnell,  HSMG President