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Coming Soon? Toothpaste Regulated as a Cosmetic in China

Jul 28, 2015

If toothpaste is regulated as a cosmetic product, manufacturers will have to list all of the ingredients.

Read the Label: Erborian Pâte Au Ginseng Black Concentrated Mask

Jun 8, 2015

Erborian Korean Skin Care’s syrup-like black mask claims to help skin appear smoother and feel more elastic.

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.

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.

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.

Walmart U.S., Sam's Club Set Full Ingredient Disclosure Goals

Mar 10, 2014

The plan includes full disclosure of all ingredients including those typically protected under trade secrets such as fragrances.

The Steinberg Administration’s Final Take on Cosmetic Regulations

Jan 22, 2014David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates

Cosmetics & Toiletries bids a fond farewell to David C. Steinberg in this, his final “Regulatory Review” column. Here, he describes how he would regulate cosmetics, after having followed and reported on them for more than 18 years.

Cosmetic Safety: Public Perception and Scientific Reality

Jan 13, 2014Joe Schwarcz, PhD; McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

As far as the public is concerned, hypothetical risks are real. And if anyone studies a chemical in depth, they can find some effect but whether it should be removed from the market comes down to a risk-benefit analysis. Cosmetic formulation is a continuous process of keeping in step with research, and when a true risk emerges, addressing it.

Six Common Criteria for Cosmetic Claims in the EU

Oct 1, 2013Chris Flower, PhD, CTPA

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.

The EU Fragrance Allergens

Jun 1, 2012

On March 11, 2003, the European Union (EU) published the 7th Amendment to its Cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC. Among the changes was the addition of the 26 popular fragrance ingredients to the Annex III “List of Substances Which Cosmetic Products Must Not Contain Except Subject to the Restrictions Laid Down.” These are now commonly referred to as the EU Fragrance Allergens.

Certifying Hair Product Claims

Apr 1, 2010Peter D. Kaplan, PhD, and Ram Ramaprasad, PhD; TRI/Princeton

Claims for hair products generally are not associated with clear cut outcomes. Therefore, consumers have no standard by which to compare product efficacy. In relation, the North American Hair Research Society (NAHRS) has proposed standards for hair product claims, outlined here, which relate to characteristics including frizz, color fastness and curl retention, among others.

Translating Data into Claims and Interpreting Regulations: Science vs. Marketing

Mar 1, 2010Nava Dayan, PhD, Lipo Chemicals

Substantial evidence, which the FDA requires to support claims for drugs, is applicable to personal care, especially considering the pharmaceutical direction products have taken. The present article considers whether the industry is benefiting from marketing without assuming the responsibility for potential effects. In addition, it considers the limitations of in vitro and in vivo test models.

Net Contents of a Cosmetic: The ‘E’ Mark and Units of Measure

Dec 1, 2009David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates

Recently, some European Union member states have expressed concern over the misuse of the Estimated Symbol (℮), often referred to as the “e” mark, on product labels. In addition, some regulators have argued that the International System of Units, known as the metric system, should be used on all product labels to indicate the net contents of a finished product. Both of these concerns have fueled the present column in which the author debates how product labels should indicate the net contents of a cosmetic product. In closing, he comments on the jurisdiction of the CPSC in the United States.

Labeling Claims

Aug 1, 2009David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates

Little is more confusing to marketers and cosmetic formulators than product claims regulations. Questions regarding the rules commonly arise.

Recent Changes in US Regulations

Feb 1, 2009David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates

Two recent changes to regulations will significantly impact the industry in 2009. These include changes to over-the-counter (OTC) labels, and the latest amendment to the Lacey Act.