PFAS & Cosmetics – What the Personal Care Products Industry Needs to Know

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT
Presented via Zoom webinar.

For a copy of the materials, or to view the recording, please contact Aubrey Hecker, or your Lathrop GPM attorney.

PFAS are a broad group of thousands of human-made compounds that are used in a variety of consumer products, including cosmetics and personal care items for texture and consistency, and for effects on skin, such as smoothing or conditioning. PFAS in cosmetics has received an increasing amount of attention over the past year culminating in a wave of class action lawsuits filed in the last two months. In February 2021, conversation sparked when the FDA posted information about PFAS found in personal care products, followed by a Notre Dame study published in June 2021 in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology Letters which found evidence of the presence of PFAS in cosmetics. And in November, testing of cosmetic products by Mamavation was used as the basis for recent class action litigation over labeling and false advertising due to the alleged presence of PFAS in personal care products.

Our award-winning PFAS group will be joined by our team that focuses on advertising and food and drug law, as well as expertise from scientific consulting firm Cardno ChemRisk (now part of Stantec) to cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Potential exposure to and human health effects from PFAS in cosmetics
  • Effects on businesses and the public from published studies
  • Pending federal and state legislation
  • Status of current and expected litigation
  • False advertising claims
  • Environmental regulatory and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations


  • Ally Cunningham | Environmental Partner, Lathrop GPM
  • Matt Walker | Environmental Attorney, Lathrop GPM
  • Sam Butler | Litigation Attorney, Lathrop GPM
  • Heather Lynch | Managing Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk (now part of Stantec)

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