New PCPC President reflects on 2023, discusses 2024 industry trends

As previously reported​ in CosmeticsDesign, in January of this year Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) welcomed Thomas J. Myers as its new President and CEO. Myers, who previously served as the organization’s Executive Vice President for Legal & Regulatory Affairs & Legal Counsel, replaced former President Lezlee Westine who had held the role since 2009.

We sat down with Myers to interview him about his reflections about the personal care products industry in 2023, as well as his insights into the year ahead, the biggest issues currently facing the cosmetics and personal care product spaces and how the PCPC plans to address them, and his predictions for the most impactful trends of 2024.

CDU: Any thoughts about 2023 as we move forward into the year ahead?

Thomas Myers (TM)​: As we begin 2024, I am humbled to take the reins as PCPC’s new president & CEO. I was fortunate to work alongside Lezlee Westine for more than a decade and am eager to advance the priorities she set in motion.

PCPC celebrated the enactment of the bipartisan Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MoCRA) in December 2022, and the organization has been supporting the FDA in its implementation over the past year. This landmark legislation revamped FDA oversight for our sector, giving the FDA enhanced regulatory tools, which are pivotal in ensuring product safety, promoting innovation and bolstering consumer trust.

For more than a decade, PCPC and our member companies collaborated with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders and broad array of stakeholders to modernize the FDA’s regulatory authority over our industry and provide the safety reassurances that consumers expect and deserve. PCPC will continue to work with the FDA on implementation while also advocating that Congress provides the FDA $7 million in funding to meet this mandate.

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