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The Nagoya Protocol for Cosmetics and Extracts

May 22, 2015

The Nagoya Protocol is an international law applying to genetic resources and ensuring the countries of origin share in the benefits from using these materials.

Asia-Pacific Update on Korean Organic Standards

Apr 10, 2015Karen Yarussi-King, Raleigh, N.C., USA

The new Korean Regulation on Organic Cosmetics Standards, which goes into effect on June 24, 2015, has set forth guidelines for raw material sourcing and processing of organic cosmetic products, as outlined here. This regulation aims to prevent incorrect organic products and ensure a quality supply of organic products by establishing criteria for their creation.

New U.S. UV Filters and the Cosmetic Outlook in Canada for Sunscreens

Apr 1, 2015Daniel Noble and Robert Ross-Fichtner, Focal Point Research Inc.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer today, but only recently has industry pressure and political leadership compelled changes in the North American regulatory paradigm of sunscreen products. The passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act in the United States and the suggestion to regulate sunscreens as cosmetics in Canada would give regulators the tools to reboot a stalled approval system.

Wisconsin Joins in On Microbead Ban, Other States Follow

Mar 31, 2015

Wisconsin is joining New York and Illinois in elliminating polyethylene microbeads from cosmetics.

FDA Hones in on Cosmetic Claims

Mar 24, 2015Katie Anderson

The FDA issued five such letters since November 2014, the most recent being sent to StriVectin. Following those letters, the FDA has also issued a document that clarifies cosmetic versus drug claims for the consumer to highlight what cosmetic companies are able to say.

Demystifying Cosmetic Science for Consumers

Mar 3, 2015

Cosmetic scientists know the headaches of alarmist groups and junk science. They reformulate products pulled from shelves due to mistruths from would-be "experts." Joe Schwarcz, PhD, of McGill University will explore why there is a need to demystify cosmetic science during the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit.

Regulating Medical Devices in the Cosmetics Industry

Mar 1, 2015Pawel Leja, Daniel Noble and Robert Ross-Fichtner, Focal Point Research

Device technology can provide the consumer with superior results during their beauty routines, and results that are not always achievable by the use of cosmetics alone. Beauty devices, however, involve entirely new regulatory and quality paradigms that may be foreign to practitioners in the cosmetics industry.

Preserving Preservatives

Mar 1, 2015Chris Flower, PhD, Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association

There is a growing trend toward questioning the need for preservatives. This is worrisome, as most cosmetic products require preservatives to adequately protect them from contamination by microorganisms. This column looks at how microbes grow, how preservatives prevent them, and the process and environment needed to effectively and safely preserve personal care.

The Consequences of Physiological Cosmetics

Feb 4, 2015

The cosmetics industry has a long history of using science to ensure the safety and efficacy of products. However, advances in research on the physiological interactions of products have had many consequences. These will be the crux of a discussion led by Steve Barton during the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit this June.

Regulating Advances in Anti-aging

Jan 30, 2015Pawel Leja and Robert Ross-Fichtner, Focal Point Research Inc.

The concepts of “anti-aging” and the “reduction of old age” have gained popularity over the years, especially since people are living much longer. However, with the recent boom in technological and scientific discoveries, many of these new products are being engineered to produce results that are caused by changes in the user’s cells. If these innovations are effective and actually produce structural changes in the skin, are they still cosmetic products?

Labeling in China for Color and More

Jan 29, 2015Karen Yarussi-King, Global Regulatory Associates Inc.

The Chinese cosmetic market is booming, and there are many cosmetic companies that already sell or want to sell products there. However, the Chinese Food and Drug Administration has proposed new labeling regulations that, if enacted, would make it more difficult and more costly to sell foreign cosmetics in China, particularly color cosmetics.

UK Delays Restriction Dossier for D4 and D5

Jan 28, 2015

The UK's restriction dossier for octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) has been delayed.

Sunscreen Innovation Act Becomes a Law

Dec 3, 2014

It's official—the Sunscreen Innovation Act has become a law. On Nov. 29, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Sunscreen Innovation Act into law, paving the way for more sunscreen actives on the U.S. sun care market.

FDA To Report Lead and Arsenic Levels for Batch Approval of Specific Colorants

Nov 24, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will report specific values of lead and arsenic for a number of color additives before Certificate of Analysis (CoA) are granted for their batches.

U.S. Animal Testing Ban a Focus for 2015

Nov 20, 2014

Following European and Indian bans on animal-tested cosmetics, a bigger push will be made to ban animal testing for cosmetics in the United States in 2015. Legislation was introduced to U.S. lawmakers in May 2014 and is expected to become a new focus once Congress reconvenes.

Sunscreen Innovation Act Passes House and Moves to President

Nov 18, 2014

New U.S. sunscreen actives are potentially within reach, as the The Sunscreen Innovation Act (S. 2141) by passed the U.S. House of Representatives and will be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature and enactment into law.

NAD Recommends Claim Alteration for P&G's Secret Clinical Strength

Nov 5, 2014

The National Advertising Division (NAD) has recommended that The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) discontinue "100% odor protection" claims for the company’s Secret Clinical Strength Clear Gel and Invisible Solid. Claims, including those made in television, print, and social media advertising, as well as on the company website, were challenged by Unilever United States Inc.

Formulating Within Regulatory Constraints

Nov 5, 2014

Regulations incite mixed emotions. On the one hand, they constrain innovation; on the other hand, they can force a new and better solution. Updates on regulations and some solutions for them will be covered by Rob Ross-Fichtner, of Focal Point Research, at the June 22 and 23, 2015, Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit.

India Bans Importation of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

Oct 23, 2014

On Oct. 13, 2014, India's Ministry of Health and Welfare made an addition to its Drugs and Cosmetics Rules that prohibited the importation of cosmetics that are tested on animals.

EC Restricts Use of Propylparaben, Butylparaben and MCI/MI

Oct 14, 2014

The European Commision has adopted two measures restricting the use of butylparaben, propylparaben and methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) methylisothiazolinone in cosmetic products.

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