On Sept. 1, California lawmakers approved Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, and sent the Bill to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. The International Cosmetic Trade Association, (ICMAD), a non-profit trade association supporting creative, innovative companies, from startups to established multinational businesses of all sizes, released a statement on their response to the passage of this bill:
ICMAD Statement on Passage of California SB-1249
"Consumer health and safety is of the utmost concern to the cosmetics and personal care industry and ICMAD and its more than 900 member companies have long supported measures that will continue to reduce and we hope eventually eliminate animal testing. This is why ICMAD’s primary focus has been to advocate for national uniformity for the regulation of the cosmetics industry, which is where the issue of animal testing needs to be directly addressed through the support and development of alternative testing models and reference data bases.
"The FDA has a long-standing record of consumer safety and strong national uniformity, and is the government body needed to set these types of laws, to ensure we don’t have a patchwork of regulations and maintain a responsible approach for consumer safety allowing continued innovation in our industry."
The International Cosmetic Trade Association goal is to help our members succeed in the rapidly changing, highly competitive global cosmetics and personal care industry. Since 1974, ICMAD has provided essential guidance and support through business tools, publications, education, networking opportunities, and key advocacy support. We are proud to help our members foster the creativity and innovation that is the heart of the cosmetics and personal care industry. www.icmad.org