Personal Care Products Council

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Personal Care Products Council (United States)
HeadquartersUnited States Washington, D.C.
Approx. 600 companies
President & CEO
Lezlee Westine

The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is an American trade association. The PCPC was founded in 1894 as the Manufacturing Perfumers' Association, renamed the American Manufacturers of Toilet Articles (AMTA) in 1922,[1] and renamed again as the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) in 1970.[2] The current name was adopted in November 2007.[3]

Organizational structure[edit]

In April 2009, Lezlee Westine was appointed President and CEO of the Personal Care Products Council, replacing interim President Mark Pollak.[4]

The organization has five main departments:[5]

  • Science handles research and development.
  • Government Affairs conducts federal and state lobbying.
  • Global Strategies monitors and takes action on international cosmetic regulation.
  • Legal and Regulatory takes appropriate action on court decisions and regulatory agencies.
  • Public Affairs and Communications communicates industry messages to the media and other stakeholders.

The Personal Care Products Council Foundation works with the American Cancer Society and the Professional Beauty Association to administer the Look Good Feel Better Program. The program aims to help cancer patients learn skin care and beauty techniques.[6]


California Safe Cosmetics Act[edit]

CTFA reportedly spent over $600,000 on lobbyists in Sacramento in the months before the vote on Senate Bill 484 (California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005) in an attempt to prevent the bill from passing.[7][8]

Nanotechnology safety concerns[edit]

In 2006, Friends of the Earth and International Center for Technology Assessment filed a formal petition with the Food and Drug Administration for better monitoring and regulating of products containing harmful nanoparticles and stated they would sue if the FDA does not take adequate action in 180 days.[9] CTFA vice president spoke out against the petition and stated, "I don't think there's anything to worry about ... All of the safety questions have been answered [in previous studies]."[7]


Everett Edward Kavanaugh was the head of the Council for two decades and is the father of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by Donald J. Trump in July 2018.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Centennial History of CTFA". Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association. 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-01-16.
  2. ^ "A Centennial History of CTFA pg. 3". Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association. 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2007-01-16.
  3. ^ "A Centennial History of the Personal Care Products Council - Personal Care Products Council".
  4. ^ "Lezlee Westine Appointed New President & CEO of the Personal Care Products Council - Personal Care Products Council".
  5. ^ "CTFA Services". Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-11-06. Retrieved 2007-01-16.
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  7. ^ a b "Latest Press Releases". Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. 2005-10-08. Archived from the original on September 30, 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  8. ^ "SB484 - The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005". Breast Cancer Fund. 2006-05-17. Archived from the original on August 27, 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  9. ^ Keay Davidson (2006-05-17). "FDA urged to limit nanoparticle use in cosmetics and sunscreens". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  10. ^ Liptak, Adam (July 9, 2018). "Brett Kavanaugh, a Conservative Stalwart in Political Fights and on the Bench". New York Times. Retrieved 10 July 2018.

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