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ICMAD Testifies at FDA Hearings

Mar 28, 2014Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

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.

Importing Cosmetics into Japan, Part 2: Distributor Licensing and Sunscreens

Mar 20, 2014To Yo Be, Contributing Consultant, Penang, Malaysia

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.

FDA Closes Negotiations with ICMAD and PCPC, Prompting Industry Response

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.

Humane Cosmetics Act Bill Introduced in Congress

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.

Preserving with Methylisothiazolinone

Feb 21, 2014Chris Flower, PhD and Emma Meredith, PhD, The Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association

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.

New York State Proposes Ban of Microbeads in Cosmetics

Feb 19, 2014Katie Anderson, Cosmetics & Toiletries

New York state has sought to prohibit the production, manufacture, distribution or sale of any cosmetic product containing microbeads.

NSF Launches Testing, Certification and Consulting Program for Cosmetic Safety

Feb 18, 2014Katie Anderson, Cosmetics & Toiletries

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.

Colorants Targeted for Further Government Scrutiny: Resorcinol and Solvent Red 23

Feb 4, 2014Jason Puskas and Robert Ross-Fichtner, Focal Point Research Inc.

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.

Expression of Color in the EU

Jan 24, 2014Chris Flower, PhD; and Emma Meredith, PhD, Cosmetic, Toiletry, & Perfumery Association (CTPA)

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.

Cosmetic Notification in Brunei

Dec 1, 2013To Yo Be, Contributing Consultant

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.

The Cosmetics Industry: Still Going After a Thousand Cuts

Nov 1, 2013David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates

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.

W.S. Badger Recalls Baby/Kids Sunscreen Due to Compromised Preservatives

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.

P&G Beauty Decreasing Use of DEP, Triclosan

Aug 29, 2013

The company is on track to have its products be phthalate- and triclosan-free by 2014.

Importing Cosmetics into Japan: Part 1

Aug 1, 2013To Yo Be, Contributing Consultant, Penang, Malaysia

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.

The Future of Hair Dyes Under the New EU Regulation: A Discussion

Jul 1, 2013Robert J.W. Hefford, Independent Cosmetic Advice Ltd

The “recast” of the 1976 Cosmetics Directive was intended to make things simpler, but does it? This article reviews and comments on the EU’s regulatory position on hair dyes, as of the first half of 2013.