Recent in Updates by Region (page 15 of 28)

REACH-IT System Update Speeds Progress

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has adjusted the REACH-IT system, which the agency reports has improved the performance of online and bulk pre-registrations for REACH.

FDA Funds Safety Monitoring and Expects Hydroquinone Monograph

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) recently received US$66.8 million in funding out of the US$150 million allocated for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

CIR Approves Ingedients and Comments on the Moisturizer/Tumor Article at its 108th Meeting

At the the Cosmetic Ingredient Review's (CIR) 108th Expert Panel meeting, it approved fumaric acid at 5%; requested more data on Basic Violet 3, 1 and 4; deemed licorice extract and allantoin safe; reviewed the article claiming a link between moisturizers and UVB-induced tumors; and requested a carcinogenicity study on toluene-3,4-diamine as a hair dye ingredient.

Regulatory Review: California and Dubai

While California and Dubai may seem like an odd pair, new regulations in Dubai surfaced when California released more information on compliance with the California Safe Cosmetics Program, providing the perfect opportunity to discuss them together in one column.

Voluntary Registration of Cosmetics and 2007 Frequency of Preservative Use

This report details recent trends in preservative use based on VCRP data submitted to the FDA by manufacturers. The author encourages companies to participate in this program to build credibility for self-regulation and to protect their own business interests.

California Governor Signs Green Chemistry Bills

State regulators given broad authority to evaluate and ban potentially harmful industrial chemicals; state department charged with developing program to identify chemicals of concern and analyze alternatives by 2011.

EU to Invite Scientists as Risk Assessment Advisors

The European Commission announced plans to invite scientists to join its risk assessment and other scientific committees to provide scientific advice on consumer safety, public health and the environment.

CTPA Responds to Report on Cosmetics Blocking Androgens in Male Fetuses

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) has responded to reports questioning the safety of perfumes and scented body lotion for unborn males.

Keeping Cosmeceuticals Cosmetic

Global demand for cosmeceuticals continues at an explosive rate and the discovery of antiaging medical interventions, coupled with new functional active ingredients, provides a fertile innovation ground for product developers. This paper discusses current scientific and regulatory affairs to take into consideration for the successful commercialization of cosmeceutical products.

Cambodia's Ministry of Health Targets Harmful Whitening Ingredients

The Ministry of Health in Cambodia has taken action against potentially harmful cosmetic ingredients, specifically whitening ingredients.

EPA Researches Personal Care Products' Effect on Water

The US EPA is further examining the effects of personal care product ingredients on water.

Canada, California and Congress: The Three C’s of New North American Regulatory Concern

On April 26, 2008, Canada released new Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) requirements. These requirements are aligned with the current California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements in which companies that emit VOCs are required to register and maintain VOC records for five years.

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