Updates by Region

FDA To Report Lead and Arsenic Levels for Batch Approval of Specific Colorants

Nov 24, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will report specific values of lead and arsenic for a number of color additives before Certificate of Analysis (CoA) are granted for their batches.

U.S. Animal Testing Ban a Focus for 2015

Nov 20, 2014

Following European and Indian bans on animal-tested cosmetics, a bigger push will be made to ban animal testing for cosmetics in the United States in 2015. Legislation was introduced to U.S. lawmakers in May 2014 and is expected to become a new focus once Congress reconvenes.

India Bans Importation of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

Oct 23, 2014

On Oct. 13, 2014, India's Ministry of Health and Welfare made an addition to its Drugs and Cosmetics Rules that prohibited the importation of cosmetics that are tested on animals.

EC Restricts Use of Propylparaben, Butylparaben and MCI/MI

Oct 14, 2014

The European Commision has adopted two measures restricting the use of butylparaben, propylparaben and methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) methylisothiazolinone in cosmetic products.

Cosmetic Regulation in Laos

Oct 10, 2014

In 1997, Laos (known officially as the Lao People's Democratic Republic) joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trade community, which governs cosmetics as part of the ASEAN Cosmetics Regulation.

Sunscreen Innovation Act Passes: What Does it Mean?

Sep 18, 2014

The Public Access to SunScreens (PASS) Coalition applauded the U.S. Senate's passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act (S. 2141). While the Act aims to streamline the approval process for new sunscreen actives, will it? Industry expert David Steinberg gives his take.

Asia-Pacific Update: ASEAN Mirrors EU Regulation

Aug 27, 2014

Mirroring updates made to Cosmetic Regulation EC No. 1223/2009 in Europe, the ASEAN Cosmetics Association has updated it positions on sunscreen labeling, botanicals, parabens and more, reported here.

California Senate Rejects Ban of Microbeads

Aug 25, 2014

According to several news reports, the California Senate rejected an initial attempt to ban plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics. AB1699 reportedly fell one vote short of the 21 required to pass.

FDA Warns Consumers About Side Effects from Topical Acne Actives

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.

Asia-Pacific Update: Hong Kong Regulations and ‘Green’ Awareness

Jul 1, 2014To Yo Be, Contributing Consultant, Penang, Malaysia

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.

ACI and PCPC Form Coalition to Promote Antibacterial Use to the FDA

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.

Illinois Bans Microbeads in Personal Care

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.

Regulations and Notifications for Cosmetics and Hair Spray in Vietnam

Jun 1, 2014TY Be, Contributing Consultant, Penang, Malaysia

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.

Lead, Aluminum and Parabens: Myths in Cosmetics

May 1, 2014Chris Flower, PhD, and Emma Meredith, PhD; Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association, London, UK

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.

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.

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.