Rulemaking: Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act could affect more than just makeup

May 16, 2024
Written by WR Communications

In 2023, the Legislature passed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (TFCA). Starting January 1, 2025, the TFCA will restrict the manufacture, distribution, and sale of cosmetic products containing certain chemicals in Washington. Cosmetics include makeup, lotion, hair products, and more.

Under the TFCA, companies are prohibited from intentionally including chemicals such as formaldehyde, ortho-phthalates, and methylene glycol in their products. Additionally, the law establishes a maximum allowable lead concentration of 1 part per million, making Washington the first state to enact such a limit. While designed to safeguard consumers, the TFCA carries unintended consequences, notably the potential banning of most color cosmetics. Many of these products utilize natural coloring sources like micas, which naturally contain lead.

The Department of Ecology has not yet announced it’s intent to begin rulemaking but will be holding an informational webinar on June 11th. WR’s Local & State Government Affairs Manager, Crystal Leatherman, will be monitoring the rulemaking process and collaborating with a larger coalition to advocate for retailers and mitigate the impact on consumers.

To learn more about TFCA and its implications for you or your business:


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