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Unifying U.S. Cosmetic Regulation: The Challenges of the Personal Care Products Safety Act

Aug 26, 2015Robert Ross-Fichtner and Daniel Noble, Focal Point Research, Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

The Personal Care Products Safety Act, a bill introduced this past April, proposes regulation of the cosmetics and personal care industry like no other legislation since the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. Perhaps the greatest issue for it to resolve, or fail to, is uniformity of that regulation.

ICMAD CEO Stresses Universal Standards in Cosmetic Regulation

Aug 4, 2015

Pamela Busiek, who will speak at the Global Retailers and Manufacturers Alliance (GRMA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Aug. 3, addresses ongoing efforts to reform cosmetic regulation.

CIDESCO Supports Microbead Ban; Calls for Safe Alternatives

Aug 3, 2015

As the global environmental issue of plastic microbeads in waterways gains traction, CIDESCO calls for action.

Connecticut Bans Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

Jul 1, 2015

Companies will have three years to phase out the use of plastic microbeads from their cosmetic products in Connecticut following a state ban.

Bill to Phase Out Animal Testing Reaches US House

Jun 29, 2015

The Humane Cosmetics Act aims to end animal testing for cosmetics after a one year phase in and it would also phase out the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in three years.

PASS Coalition Urges Industry to Petition for Sunscreen Approvals

Jun 5, 2015

The PASS Coalition is petitioning the U.S. president to act immediately to fight skin cancer. The goal of this petition is to reach 100,000 signatures by June 21, 2015.

ICMAD Rejects Feinstein Bill for ‘Restraining Innovation’

Jun 2, 2015

The Feinstein Bill, which the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) opposed, requires the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review chemicals used in products and provide clear guidance on their safety.

Massive Innovations, Complex Regulations: The Entanglements of Hair Care Products

Jun 1, 2015Robert Ross-Fichtner and Daniel Noble, Focal Point Research Inc., Mississauga, Ontario

Few relationships are as volatile as the one we share with our hair. Either we have too much of it or too little; we grow it where we don’t want it and lose it where we do. Regardless of each individual case, hair growth and removal spawns all kinds of new technology, and along with it, new regulations.

Brazil Eases Biodiversity Restrictions on Cosmetic R&D

May 27, 2015

New rules simplify access to biodiversity and establishment of benefits sharing.

Asia-Pacific Update on Korean Organic Standards

Apr 10, 2015Karen Yarussi-King, Raleigh, N.C., USA

The new Korean Regulation on Organic Cosmetics Standards, which goes into effect on June 24, 2015, has set forth guidelines for raw material sourcing and processing of organic cosmetic products, as outlined here. This regulation aims to prevent incorrect organic products and ensure a quality supply of organic products by establishing criteria for their creation.

Wisconsin Joins in On Microbead Ban, Other States Follow

Mar 31, 2015

Wisconsin is joining New York and Illinois in elliminating polyethylene microbeads from cosmetics.

Regulating Medical Devices in the Cosmetics Industry

Mar 1, 2015Pawel Leja, Daniel Noble and Robert Ross-Fichtner, Focal Point Research

Device technology can provide the consumer with superior results during their beauty routines, and results that are not always achievable by the use of cosmetics alone. Beauty devices, however, involve entirely new regulatory and quality paradigms that may be foreign to practitioners in the cosmetics industry.

Preserving Preservatives

Mar 1, 2015Chris Flower, PhD, Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association

There is a growing trend toward questioning the need for preservatives. This is worrisome, as most cosmetic products require preservatives to adequately protect them from contamination by microorganisms. This column looks at how microbes grow, how preservatives prevent them, and the process and environment needed to effectively and safely preserve personal care.

Regulating Advances in Anti-aging

Jan 30, 2015Pawel Leja and Robert Ross-Fichtner, Focal Point Research Inc.

The concepts of “anti-aging” and the “reduction of old age” have gained popularity over the years, especially since people are living much longer. However, with the recent boom in technological and scientific discoveries, many of these new products are being engineered to produce results that are caused by changes in the user’s cells. If these innovations are effective and actually produce structural changes in the skin, are they still cosmetic products?

Labeling in China for Color and More

Jan 29, 2015Karen Yarussi-King, Global Regulatory Associates Inc.

The Chinese cosmetic market is booming, and there are many cosmetic companies that already sell or want to sell products there. However, the Chinese Food and Drug Administration has proposed new labeling regulations that, if enacted, would make it more difficult and more costly to sell foreign cosmetics in China, particularly color cosmetics.

UK Delays Restriction Dossier for D4 and D5

Jan 28, 2015

The UK's restriction dossier for octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) has been delayed.

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.

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