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California Governor Signs Microbead Ban into Law

Oct 9, 2015

Plastic microbeads used in products such as facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste are prohibited in the state of California on and after Jan. 1, 2020.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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