Washington’s Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act: What businesses need to know

Feb 29, 2024
Written by WR Communications

Washington State businesses are facing new regulations that could impact operations across the cosmetic industry. The recently passed Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, set to take effect on January 1, 2025, introduces stringent restrictions on the manufacture, distribution, and sale of cosmetic products containing specific chemicals. Washington Retail Association (WR) is committed to keeping its members informed about this critical legislation and its implications.

Under the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, businesses must comply with regulations concerning nine chemicals or chemical classes outlined in the law. These include ortho-phthalates, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), formaldehyde and its releasing chemicals, ethylene glycol, mercury and its compounds, triclosan, m-phenylenediamine and o-phenylenediamine and their salts, and lead and its compounds. It’s crucial for businesses in the cosmetic industry to familiarize themselves with these restrictions to ensure compliance and avoid potential penalties.

To assist companies in understanding and meeting these new requirements, the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) is offering technical assistance programs and engaging in a comprehensive rulemaking process. WR encourages its members to actively participate in providing feedback on these initiatives to ensure that regulations are practical and effective for businesses while meeting the intended goals of consumer safety and environmental protection.

Stay informed about the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act by subscribing to DOE’s email list. Get updates, compliance guidance, and opportunities to participate in rulemaking. Visit the DOE’s webpage or email [email protected] for details.



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