Safer cosmetics support and certification subsidy program

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Want to participate or learn more?

Contact us if you are a small cosmetics manufacturer (50 employees or less) and are interested in getting your products certified as safer, or you would like help understanding the upcoming restrictions or how to formulate your products using safer alternatives.

We are developing a certification subsidy program to help small cosmetics manufacturers obtain voluntary environmental health certifications for their cosmetics products. As of Jan. 1, 2025, the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (TFCA) restricts the manufacture, distribution, and sale of cosmetic products that contain certain chemicals and chemical classes within Washington.

Qualifying manufacturers seeking product certification can receive reimbursement up to:

  • 75% of the cost for the first $10,000 spent.
  • 50% of the cost for $10,000 to $50,000 spent.
  • Reformulation costs up to $2,500.

The maximum reimbursement towards product certification is $30,000.

Why certify your products?

Manufacturers have the potential to stand out and benefit from certifying their products through:

  • Potential revenue boosts: Consumers and businesses seek products that have been verified by a trusted third party to contain safer chemicals. Retailers recognize and promote certified products (e.g., Amazon’s Climate Friendly Pledge). Small cosmetology businesses in Washington (such as beauty salons, nail salons, etc.) may also receive financial incentives to replace existing products with certified safer products. These factors could increase the demand for certified products such as yours, resulting in higher sales.
  • Brand recognition: Certification promotes your company as one that is invested in protecting the health of its workers, consumers, and environment.
  • Future-proofing products: Certification reduces the likelihood that you will need to reformulate again to meet the next regulation.

What is the purpose of the program?

This program provides technical support to manufacturers that wish to formulate with safer ingredients and financial support to manufacturers that wish to have their products reviewed by a third party for certification through an approved material health certification.

The certification process often includes:

  • Working with your suppliers to identify all the chemicals in your product.
  • Screening all the chemicals in your product for known hazards and for chemicals that will be restricted under the new law.
  • Reformulating your product using safer ingredients, if necessary.

This process can be expensive and require technical expertise that your small businesses may not have. This program can help remove those barriers.

Who is eligible to apply?

To qualify for the program, a small cosmetics manufacturer must meet the following criteria.

  • Employs 50 people or less.
  • Sells, manufactures, or distributes within Washington cosmetics products that meet the restrictions of TFCA.
  • Has pre-screened their product using safety data sheets (SDS).

Small businesses in the following categories will be prioritized for participation in the certification subsidy:

  • Women-owned and minority-owned small cosmetics manufacturing companies.
  • Washington-based companies.

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