Industry Legislation

New California Laws Tackle Salon Product Ingredients and Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

Passed in August 2018, California Assembly Bill 2775, requires manufacturers to disclose ingredients on the labels of professional cosmetics manufactured after July 1, 2020. “AB 2775 provides salon workers with more ingredient transparency and increased awareness so they can make informed decisions about their use or avoidance of chemicals that may pose a workplace risk,” says Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), who introduced the bill. The first law of its kind in the nation, AB 2775 passed with near unanimous bipartisan support.

Says Catherine Porter, policy director with the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative: “AB 2775 helps ensure that salon professionals can access product information that is critical to their health, and helps the Collaborative and Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Programs in our work of making sure nail salon professionals’ right-to-know is in full effect.”

Enacted in September 2018, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act bans the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and co-sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, SB 1249 makes it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after January 1, 2020, with some exceptions for regulatory requirements.

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