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H.R. 2587: Reef Safe Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of May 8, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2587

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 8, 2019

(for herself and Mr. Ryan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To require the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to develop standards for a Reef Safe label for sunscreen.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Reef Safe Act of 2019.

2.

Labeling criteria for reef safe sunscreen

(a)

In general

As soon as practicable, but not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, acting through the Commissioner, shall develop labeling criteria for a Reef Safe designation for nonprescription sunscreen, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

(b)

Reef safe label

(1)

In general

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, acting through the Commissioner, shall develop standards for use of the term Reef Safe on the labeling of nonprescription sunscreen, which shall conform with the requirements of section 502 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 352).

(2)

Criteria and consultation

In developing the standards described in paragraph (1), the Secretary shall—

(A)

consider the impacts of active sunscreen ingredients on the mortality of, and developmental or reproductive disruptions to, certain marine species, including fish, fish larvae, sea urchins, coral, and shrimp; and

(B)

consult with appropriate heads of Federal agencies, including the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with respect to studies on the impacts of active sunscreen ingredients on living components of coral reef ecosystems.

(c)

Review and revision

Not less frequently than once every 10 years, the Secretary, acting through the Commissioner and in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and taking into consideration scientific studies of the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Environmental Protection Agency, shall—

(1)

review the labeling standards in effect under subsection (b)(1);

(2)

if appropriate, revise the criteria under subsection (b)(2); and

(3)

in accordance with such criteria, as revised under paragraph (2) as applicable, update the labeling standards under subsection (b)(1).

(d)

Definitions

In this section—

(1)

the terms active sunscreen ingredient, nonprescription, and sunscreen have the meanings given such terms in section 586 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360fff);

(2)

the terms coral and coral reef ecosystem have the meanings given such terms in section 210 of the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 6409);

(3)

the term Commissioner means the Commissioner of Food and Drugs; and

(4)

the term Secretary, unless specified otherwise, means the Secretary of Health and Human Services.