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In order to keep the cosmetics industry safe as well as innovative, there is a strong regulatory structure in place.

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Japan bans 19 ingredients used in medicated soaps

20-Oct-2016 - Following the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision that antibacterial wash manufacturers must ban 19 ingredients from their products within one year, Japan has announced it has already put...

New data on the financial cost of cosmetic chemical exposure in the US

19-Oct-2016 - According to newly published research, daily use of consumer goods and packages made with endocrine-disrupting chemicals results in hundreds of billions of dollars in health care expenses and lost wages...

Aluminium salts study claims ingredient can be linked with cancer

11-Oct-2016 - A new study by the University of Geneva claims to show that aluminum salts, widely used in antiperspirants and deodorants, could be environmental breast carcinogens.

Trish McEvoy files suit against Too Faced Cosmetics

06-Oct-2016 - The legal dispute between the two makeup companies is an issue of trademark, and by extension brand identity, messaging, and consumer loyalty.

Alternatives to animal testing: ECHA launches multi-language guide

30-Sep-2016 - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched guides to alternatives to animal testing and the REACH regulation, available to download in 23 languages.

PCPC conference will tackle California Proposition 65 updates

28-Sep-2016 - The Personal Care Products Council will hold its 2016 Emerging Issues Conference in November, with one of core focuses of the agenda likely to be the overhaul of Prop 65.

Congressmen move to strengthen cosmetic product regulation

26-Sep-2016 - A bi-partisan proposal has been made through the House of Representatives that aims to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ability to regulate cosmetic products.

Landmark court case upholds EU ban on animal testing: no exceptions

22-Sep-2016 - An EU court has ruled there are to be no exceptions in the region’s ban on cosmetics products that are tested on animals.

Greenwashing ‘still a risk for our sector’, says industry group

15-Sep-2016 - According to trade group NATRUE, the cosmetics and personal care industry faces a risk to consumer trust posed by greenwashing claims.

FDA rules on anti-bacterial soaps: “no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water”

06-Sep-2016 - The announcement, coming late last week from the US Food and Drug Administration, requires personal care manufacturers to remove 19 ingredients from anti-bacterial washes.

EC ban on MIT preservative in leave-on cosmetics approved

01-Sep-2016 - The European Commission has approved a ban on methylisothiazolinone (MIT) in leave-on cosmetics, a preservative traditionally used in water-based formulations - for example, in shampoos, liquid soaps, hand lotions and...

South Africa cosmetics industry set for regulatory overhaul

31-Aug-2016 - The beauty industry in South Africa is gearing up for regulatory changes following a proposal recently put forward by the government for public scrutiny.

Louboutin wins Russian counterfeit cosmetics case

23-Aug-2016 - Christian Louboutin has won a lawsuit against four Russian companies for selling imitation Louboutin fragrances, granting the French company injunctive relief to prevent the rivals selling the products in question.

Chemicals and cosmetics come up for discussion in TTIP talks

16-Aug-2016 - In the most recent round of transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) discussions, cosmetics and chemicals were considered.

Symrise Amazon receives sustainability endorsement for cosmetic ingredient sourcing

10-Aug-2016 - The ingredient and fragrance maker announced yesterday that its fruit and seed sourcing in the region has been certified by the Union for Ethical BioTrade.

FDA links imported skin care and anti-aging products to mercury poisoning

27-Jul-2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration is circulating a consumer update advising against the use of any beauty product formulated with mercury, which the organization doesn’t (for the most part)...

Walmart announces chemical watch list

26-Jul-2016 - This month the retailer asked suppliers to change product labeling and eventually reformulate to remove eight ingredients of concern. While the focus is on household goods for now, proponents of...

European Commission gives nod to nano titanium dioxide as UV filter

26-Jul-2016 - The European Commission has confirmed an amendment to the list of accepted ultraviolet (UV) filters will now include nano-sized titanium dioxide.

India advertising watchdog finds 27 health and personal care ads 'misleading or unsubstantiated'

12-Jul-2016 - The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has found 27 recent complaints in the Health Care & Personal Care category to be valid, and has upheld the criticism against the...

FDA approves new OTC skin care ingredient to treat acne

11-Jul-2016 - Friday, the Administration announced that a retinoid, previously available by prescription, received FDA approval and can now be included in over-the-counter skin care products. It’s the first such approval since...

Reviva Labs to remove claims on cosmetics product labels, following FDA warning

04-Jul-2016 - The Administration investigated the New Jeresy–based skin care repacker and labeler late last year and vetted its website in May. Now the FDA has issued a warning letter to Reviva...

FDA announces investigation of active ingredients in hand sanitizers and wipes

30-Jun-2016 - Yesterday, the agency made public its plans to verify the safety and efficacy of three actives by gathering data from all product manufacturers that “want to continue marketing these products...

TSCA reform bill signed in to law, and advocates react

22-Jun-2016 - Today President Barak Obama signed legislation updating the Toxic Substances Control Act, modernizing policies (that hadn’t been revised for decades) on chemical use in consumer goods like cosmetics and personal...

Cosmetics and skin care maker PhytogenX fined for federal safety violations

14-Jun-2016 - Following an investigation by OSHA last December the company has been charged hundreds of thousands of dollars for violations, including one that lead to an employee injury.  

Applied DNA Sciences to grow its cosmetics, fragrances, and personal care business

08-Jun-2016 - The security solutions company uses botanical-DNA based tools to tag, track, and trace products for an array of industries. Now with the hire of a personal care supply chain management...

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