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Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (TFCA) implementation and cosmetics rulemaking

Informal comment on TFCA implementation and preliminary draft rule requirements

May 22, 2024, 9 a.m. - Aug. 13, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

We invite you to review and comment on our efforts to implement the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (TFCA) and preliminary draft rule requirements for the cosmetics rulemaking.

In 2023, Washington adopted the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (TFCA) (Chapter 70A.560 RCWto ensure the safety of cosmetic products and protect Washington residents from toxic exposure.

We would like to hear from manufacturers, the public, cosmetologists, and cosmetic businesses, associations, and organizations. Your comments will help inform our implementation efforts and elements of the preliminary draft rule.


Helpful comments on implementation could provide feedback on:

  • Products, product categories, and brands that are important or frequently used.
  • Functions of restricted chemicals for which information on alternatives are needed.
  • Technical assistance services – what works well, and what could be improved.


We've started a rulemaking to develop Chapter 173-339 WAC—Cosmetic Products Restrictions, a new chapter in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). We intend to adopt a rule that identifies chemicals used in cosmetic products that release formaldehyde (formaldehyde releasers) and adopt restrictions for the identified formaldehyde releasers.

Helpful comments on rulemaking could provide feedback on:

  • Restrictions that apply to the use of specified formaldehyde releasers used in cosmetic products.
  • Allowances for products currently in the chain of commerce—stockpiled or available for purchase.
  • Compliance schedules.
  • Definitions of key terms such as “intentionally added.”
  • Other requirements or restrictions allowed by law.

We plan to share the preliminary draft rule this summer.

How to submit comments

Public comment is open from 9 a.m. on May 22, 2024, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2024.

Submit your comments:

Informational webinar

There is a webinar on June 11, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST via Zoom. Please join us and bring your questions.

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Shari Franjevic
Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Implementation Planner
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