Yesterday, the Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs (COHE) launched. Designed to support small businesses in the soap and cosmetic industry, COHE makes it easy for small businesses and the public in general stay up to participate in the legislative process.
Among other things, the Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs features a News Page that makes it easy to track the latest legislative and regulatory developments in the cosmetics arena.
According to COHE's website:
The craft cosmetics and soap industry supports legislative provisions that require identifying ingredients of concern and reporting adverse events, giving recall authority to the FDA, and the closing of existing labeling loopholes to ensure transparency for the consumer.
However, any new regulatory regime for the cosmetics industry should recognize the unique role and needs of the handcrafted industry. Specifically, it should include a “small producer rule” that provides exemptions to many of the additional fees and regulations contained in the proposed legislation.
The “small producer rule” exception concept has been employed in other regulatory jurisdictions to protect cottage industries similar to handcrafted cosmetics from certain provisions that make sense when applied to larger actors in the marketplace.
I'm excited to see COHE launch, and I look forward to being a part of its mission.
Join the Coalition!
You can show your support for small businesses by joining the coalition at this link.
I did! Let's become a part of the solution together. See you there!
Best and success,