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At recent European and Asia-Pacific events, a number of speakers suggested that consumer behavior was becoming a major barrier to sustainable development in the beauty industry.
I have been in the cosmetics industry for nearly 45 years, and for 18 of them, I have written about regulations for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine. Sadly, this will be my penultimate column, and a reflection of my time in the industry.
In European Cosmetics Regulation No. 1223/2009, the European Commission (EC) has chosen to regulate cosmetic claims in addition to the existing regimes, saying that consumers should be protected from misleading claims concerning efficacy and other characteristics of cosmetic products.
Scientists at INSEAD in Singapore, Tel Aviv University and New York University have found that rather than scaring consumers away, warnings on drug labels can improve consumers’ opinions and increase product sales when there is a delay between seeing the ad and deciding to buy or consume the product.
The Personal Care Products Council's (PCPC) Farah Ahmed submitted comments to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the CDC’s request for information about reducing exposure to UV radiation in order to reduce skin cancer rates.
The company is on track to have its products be phthalate- and triclosan-free by 2014.
Numerous claims made in the popular press misrepresent the facts about formulations, and cosmetic science is not well-served by this. Here, the authors examine a number of such statements. The influence of skin creams and formulations on the penetration of actives must be communicated in a responsible manner to the public if the industry is to banish prevalent myths.
Although originally presented as a consolidation and simplification of the Cosmetics Directive and its complex amendments, the recasting of the directive into a regulation for cosmetic products was used as an opportunity to extend the scope in several areas. One of these concerned the use of nanomaterial in cosmetic products, now defined in Article 2(k) of the regulation. It states, “‘Nanomaterial’ means an insoluble or biopersistent and intentionally manufactured material with one or more external dimensions, or an internal structure, on the scale from 1 to 100 nm.”
The International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association A.I.S.B.L. (NATRUE) has teamed up with the International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS) to launch an accreditation program for the NATRUE Label.
Several major regulatory changes are coming in cosmetics from Canada, while in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been active in sending out warning letters to cosmetic companies making unapproved drug claims. This column provides an overview of them.