Recent in Updates by Region (page 4 of 11)

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

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.

ICMAD Rejects Feinstein Bill for ‘Restraining Innovation’

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.

Brazil Eases Biodiversity Restrictions on Cosmetic R&D

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

Asia-Pacific Update on Korean Organic Standards

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

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

Preserving Preservatives

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 Medical Devices in the Cosmetics Industry

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.

Regulating Advances in Anti-aging

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

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

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

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

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.

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