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Jul 9, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers that over-the-counter (OTC) acne products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can cause severe irritation or severe allergic reactions in rare instances.
Jul 1, 2014
In Hong Kong, cosmetic safety assurance is viewed as being part of the product manufacturing process, and reasonable safety will result from all the necessary production processes being followed. This update is a short review of the rules for manufacturing and selling cosmetic products in Hong Kong.
Jun 17, 2014
The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), which have formed the Topical Antimicrobial Coalition, have submitted their comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its proposed rule, which they find could elliminate access to antibacterial soaps and increase foodborne illness.
Jun 10, 2014
Illinois has passed a law that prohibits the manufacture of personal care products containing microbeads by the end of 2018. This may pose a new hurdle to personal care product developers, but it also paves the way for new products with an identified market need.
Jun 1, 2014
On the Vietnamese market, cosmetics must satisfy ASEAN guidelines for the marketing of their features. Corporations or individuals selling cosmetic products bear full responsibility for product safety, efficacy and quality. Also, VOCs are not currently regulated. This update briefs manufacturers on processes specific to this growing market.
May 1, 2014
Cosmetic companies comply with strict ingredient regulations and stay abreast of the latest scientific studies to ensure that their products are safe and efficacious. Yet, rumors still abound about cosmetic companies intentionally including toxic chemicals. This column looks into those myths, separating fact from fiction.
Mar 28, 2014
Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distrubutors (ICMAD) board member Craig Weiss, president of Consumer Product Testing, testified on March 25, 2014, during recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearings on modernizing over-the-counter drugs.
Mar 20, 2014
This column is the second in a two-part series on importing cosmetics into Japan. It discusses the requirements for cosmetic manufacturers and distributors in more depth than the first part, and provides a closer look at sunscreen requirements in Japan.
Mar 10, 2014
On Mar. 6, 2014, Michael Taylor, on behalf of th The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), responded to the Proposed Draft Legislation by the Personal Care Product's Council (PCPC) and the Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD), effectively finding no common ground between the three and closing the negotiation.
Mar 10, 2014
The Humane Cosmetics Act, introduced by Congressman Jim Moran, would make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the U.S. and prohibit selling, offering for sale or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing.
Feb 21, 2014
Methylisothiazolinone (MI or MIT), a preservative used in cosmetics and other household products, has recently been in the news. MI was approved in Annex V as a cosmetic preservative up to 0.01%; however, after dermatologists found it to be a possible allergen, its safety was again reviewed by the SCCS.
Feb 19, 2014
New York state has sought to prohibit the production, manufacture, distribution or sale of any cosmetic product containing microbeads.
Feb 18, 2014
Global public health organization NSF International has launched the NSF Cosmetics and Personal Care Program in response to growing concerns from consumers and retailers regarding adulteration, mislabeling and counterfeiting issues.
Feb 4, 2014
Several colorants have been banned or restricted by countries over time, and as the list continues to grow, formulators, manufacturers and consumers are interested to know the next compound to be added. Some of the most recent developments regarding colorants are highlighted here.
Jan 24, 2014
The chemical industry has developed modern colors in virtually any hue that are both fast and safe. In the cosmetics industry, these pigments can be used to color skin and hair, although they are still covered by strict safety legislation. This column will discuss color formulating challenges and regulatory actions in the EU to govern pigments for skin and dyes for hair.
Dec 1, 2013
Cosmetics in Brunei are regulated by the country’s “Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007,” which are in line with the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) and require all importers/ manufacturers to notify the Ministry of Health (MoH) before launching any cosmetic product in the local market.
Nov 1, 2013
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.
Sep 26, 2013
W.S. Badger Co. Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion due to microbial contamination that stems from a compromised preservative system.
Aug 29, 2013
The company is on track to have its products be phthalate- and triclosan-free by 2014.
Aug 1, 2013
This column is the first in a two-part series on importing cosmetics into Japan. It discusses the general requirements for cosmetic manufacturers and distributors. The second part discusses these requirements in more depth, and provides a closer look at sunscreen requirements.