Updates by Region
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.
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.
Jul 1, 2013
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.
Jun 1, 2013
The U.S. government is not alone in passing legislation that can and sometimes does lead to disasters, even if it has been warned about the consequences of its actions. The EU announced on March 11, 2013, that it has banned the sale of cosmetics containing ingredients that have been tested on animals.