Maryland’s house bill 643 “Public Health – Cosmetic Products – Ingredient Prohibition” is now state law. The bill, which goes into effect January 1, 2025, prohibits the production or sale of cosmetic and personal care products with more than trace amounts of two phthalates, formaldehyde, and over 20 other substances.
The state joins California in banning certain ingredients, except for unavoidable trace amounts, from cosmetics, as is already required by the European Union.
California’s Toxic-Free Cosmetic Act went into law last September. Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York are also considering restrictions or requiring disclosure on chemicals of concern in cosmetics, including formaldehyde, parabens, PFAS, phthalates, mercury among others.
On a national level, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced the “No PFAS in Cosmetics Act” which would ban the inclusion of PFAS chemicals in cosmetics products, such as make-up, moisturizer, and perfume.