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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.

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.

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.

Mercury Warning in Mexico-made Skin Cream

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and South Texas Poison Control are warning consumers that Mexico-made skin cream Crema Aguamary may contain high levels of mercury.

FDA Warns Brazilian Blowout for Methylene Glycol Formulation

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Brazilian Blowout for its Açai Professional Smoothing Solution. The FDA finds the product to be misbranded by stating on its label that it does not contain formaldehyde and is adulterated by containing methylene glycol, a liquid form of formaldehyde.

FDA Releases Regulatory Science Plan

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science, its initiative to modernize the tools and methods that the agency uses to evaluate whether the products it regulates are safe for consumers.

US Sustainable Palm Oil Members Increase

Three global companies headquartered in the United States—Walmart, The Hershey Company and Citigroup—have become members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization that aims to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil in the world.

Schakowsky Amends Safe Cosmetics Act; Reintroduces It to the House

On June 24, 2011, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and 10 co-sponsors introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R. 2359) to the US House of Representatives, which aims to amend title VI of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.