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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.

FDA Closes Negotiations with ICMAD and PCPC, Prompting Industry Response

Mar 10, 2014

On Mar. 6, 2014, Michael Taylor, on behalf of th The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), responded to the Proposed Draft Legislation by the Personal Care Product's Council (PCPC) and the Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD), effectively finding no common ground between the three and closing the negotiation.

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.

New York State Proposes Ban of Microbeads in Cosmetics

Feb 19, 2014Katie Anderson, Cosmetics & Toiletries

New York state has sought to prohibit the production, manufacture, distribution or sale of any cosmetic product containing microbeads.

NSF Launches Testing, Certification and Consulting Program for Cosmetic Safety

Feb 18, 2014Katie Anderson, Cosmetics & Toiletries

Global public health organization NSF International has launched the NSF Cosmetics and Personal Care Program in response to growing concerns from consumers and retailers regarding adulteration, mislabeling and counterfeiting issues.

Colorants Targeted for Further Government Scrutiny: Resorcinol and Solvent Red 23

Feb 4, 2014Jason Puskas and Robert Ross-Fichtner, Focal Point Research Inc.

Several colorants have been banned or restricted by countries over time, and as the list continues to grow, formulators, manufacturers and consumers are interested to know the next compound to be added. Some of the most recent developments regarding colorants are highlighted here.

The Cosmetics Industry: Still Going After a Thousand Cuts

Nov 1, 2013David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates

I have been in the cosmetics industry for nearly 45 years, and for 18 of them, I have written about regulations for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine. Sadly, this will be my penultimate column, and a reflection of my time in the industry.

W.S. Badger Recalls Baby/Kids Sunscreen Due to Compromised Preservatives

Sep 26, 2013

W.S. Badger Co. Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion due to microbial contamination that stems from a compromised preservative system.

P&G Beauty Decreasing Use of DEP, Triclosan

Aug 29, 2013

The company is on track to have its products be phthalate- and triclosan-free by 2014.

Regulatory Review—Labeling Alcohol, Alcohol Denat. and Booze

Sep 1, 2012David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates

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.

Cosmetics Registration in California and the FDA's Electronic-only Drug Registration

Oct 1, 2009David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates

The stars where poorly aligned on June 15, 2009, when California finally issued its registration procedure and forms for the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005. At the same time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved to an electronic-only filing system for drug registrations. These two changes have created significantly more work for the personal care industry—and with questionable benefits.

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