Recent in Updates by Region (page 9 of 28)

Regulatory Review—Labeling Alcohol, Alcohol Denat. and Booze

Alcohol is a complex regulatory issue that confuses many chemists and marketers, as well as regulatory experts, as to the permitted grades, required uses and proper labeling—which vary by country. This confusion can lead to use of the wrong denaturants and levels, custom holds on imports and exports, and consumer misuse. The regulation of alcohol rarely changes but these problems remain.

Regulatory Review—Cosmetic Ingredient Update: The Ugly, the Good and the Bad

This review takes a look at updates to ingredient regulations as of the first quarter in 2012. While “the ugly” refers to the EU Chemical Agency’s (ECHA’s) release of the first ingredients to be evaluated under REACH, the good news relates to the battle in Canada to save D5. “The bad” are the state of California’s addition of three ingredients to the Proposition 65 list, as well as Health Canada’s caution against labeling using generic terms.

PCPC Announces Support for Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012

The Personal Care Product's Council and the Safe Cosmetics Alliance have both announced their support for H.R. 4395, a bill introduced by Representative Leonard Lance known as the Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012.

PCPC Responds to Report of "Harmful Chemicals" in Personal Care

The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) has responded to a study by the Silent Spring Institute that claims to have found harmful chemicals in a variety of personal care and household products.

Siloxane D5 Removed From CEPA List of Proposed Toxic Substances

The Minister of the Environment has accepted the siloxane D5 assessment by the Siloxane D5 Board of Review, and the material will be removed from a proposed list of toxic substances under the Canadian Environment Protection Act (CEPA).

PCPC Responds to Recent Reports of Lead in Lipstick

The Personal Care Product's Council (PCPC) has released a statement in response to the December 2011 study on lead in lipsticks conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Comparatively Speaking: Regulation of Coal-tar Hair Dyes vs. Other Color Additives in Cosmetics

Tony O'Lenick collaborated with Nick Morante to develop a four-part series of the "Comparatively Speaking" column that focuses on color. This is the third in the series where Morante explains the difference between the FDA's regulation for coal-tar hair dyes vs. other color additives in cosmetics.

China Suggests Eight Categories for Licensing Special Use Cosmetics

China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) sought comment regarding its recent organization of "special use cosmetics" into eight different categories. On Dec. 29, 2011, the SFDA published eight draft categories to obtain a hygienic license including: liquid, half solid, solid, cream or lotion, aerosol, organic solvent, ceryl-based and other.

Regulatory Review—Canadian Update

Canada has had many regulatory changes to its chemicals, drugs and most recently, to its cosmetics. This column will discuss those regulatory changes, beginning with the most urgent. In addition, this column will highlight new comments published by Health Canada, in conjunction with Advertising Standards Canada, on acceptable and unacceptable cosmetic claims.

Asia-Pacific Update: Korean Cosmetic Regulations

In Korea, cosmetics and related products such as foods, food additives and pharmaceuticals are regulated by the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA). The Korean Cosmetic Products Act (KPCA), which was passed in 2000 to separate cosmetic and pharmaceutical regulations, categorizes cosmetic products into three major categories: general cosmetics; functional cosmetics, e.g., sunscreens and whitening products; and quasi drugs, e.g., anti-acne products.

Updates Encouraged for Health Canada's In-Commerce List

Suppliers that export chemicals directly into Canada or that supply ingredients for finished products that are sold in Canada and, therefore, regulated under the Food and Drugs Act (F&DA) in Canada need to ensure that these substances are nominated to the revised In-Commerce List (ICL) in Canada.

EU Regulatory Update: The Individual Safety Assessment–a Practical Approach towards Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

The new Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 defined the format of the Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) in the Regulation’s Annex I. Accordingly, the information for documenting the product’s safety is to be listed in a part A of the CPSR, and this needs to include the toxicological profiles of the ingredient substances, their physical and chemical characteristics, impurities, trace components, as well as their exposure criteria in use.

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