New legislation to take effect in the next six months will require all menstrual products sold into the state of New York to include an ingredient declaration on the package label.

SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household NO. 151/19


On October 11, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation S.2387-B/A.164-B into law requiring all menstrual products sold into the state of New York to “contain a plain and conspicuous list of all ingredients.” Consistent with other federal and state regulations, ingredients are defined as any substance intentionally added to a menstrual product and includes all disposable or reusable products used for the purpose of catching menstruation and vaginal discharge, including but not limited to tampons, pads, and menstrual cups.

Each package of menstrual products will be required to be compliant within 18 months of the law taking effect. The law points out this requirement is in addition to, and does not replace, any other lawfully required labeling requirements. Any violation of the new law shall impose a civil penalty of up to one percent of a manufacturer’s total sales, not to exceed USD 1,000 per package or box.

Increased transparency for ingredients in consumer products in the United States continues to be at the forefront of emerging legislation as consumer seek to make more informed decisions about the products they use. While California will become the first state to require ingredient disclosure for cleaning products by January 1, 2020, the New York law represents the first federal or state mandate in the United States to require ingredient disclosure on products of this type. Additional state bills have been introduced across the United States to further ingredient communication and transparency among ingredients and surround additional disclosure requirements for fragrance and fragrance allergens found in cosmetic and personal care products.

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Next Step

Manufacturers will have 18 months to develop and update existing packaging to contain the appropriate ingredient declaration.

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