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

If you want to know about the new regulations and their effect on the industry, or the progress of alternative testing methods, or to stay on top of the latest regulatory requirements , we've got you covered!

Sunscreen Innovation Act looks set for approval

29-Sep-2014 - Following on from senate approval for the Sunscreen Innovation act earlier this month, regulation law expert Angela Deisch believes the bill looks set to be made law.

P&G ad criticized for slight against Unilever product

29-Sep-2014 - Procter & Gamble’s Olay Sensitive Body Wash has been recommended to drop print and online ad claims that Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash is ‘harsh’ after brand owner Unilever complained...

High levels of microplastic pollution detected in Canada

23-Sep-2014 - Researchers say that high levels of microplastic pollution have been detected in stretches of the St Lawrence River running through a number of regions in Canada.

No European cosmetics concern over exposure to phthalates

18-Sep-2014 - After a US study claimed that if children are exposed to certain phthalates while still in the womb, it could increase their risk of developing asthma; experts in Europe have...

U.S. Marshals seize drug products from Flawless Beauty

11-Sep-2014 - At the request of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and the FDA, various ‘unapproved and improperly’ labeled products marketed, sold or distributed online by cosmetic brand, Flawless...

L’Oréal USA bags gender equality certification

04-Sep-2014 - L’Oréal USA has the claim to being the first company in the U.S. to secure Economic Dividends for Gender Equality global standard certification for workforce gender equality.

Friends of the Earth extends 'ToxFox' app

28-Aug-2014 - The German NGO has extended its mobile app, ToxFox to android devices after a successful launch which allows users to check cosmetics for EDCs.

Sunscreen experts get opportunity to voice opinion on FDA approval process

28-Aug-2014 - The US Senate is asking for the opinions of industry professionals on a draft bill that aims to streamline and shorten the FDA regulation process for sunscreen ingredients.

California bill to ban microbeads fails

25-Aug-2014 - A California state bill to ban microbeads that are used in a range of personal care products has failed to go through the state senate with a clear majority, creating...

Study links phthalates to endocrine disruption and reduced testosterone

18-Aug-2014 - Another study in the US has linked the phthalate family of chemicals to endocrine disruption, tying it in with reduced testosterone in a cross-section of people.

Scientists unearth new instrument to detect mercury in cosmetics

14-Aug-2014 - Scientists say they can now identify mercury-containing skin creams and intervene much faster than before, speeding up the process and making a safer environment for consumers.

Triclosan back in the headlines as ingredient in Colgate toothpaste

12-Aug-2014 - As evidence and awareness of the potential hazards associated with Triclosan grows, the fact that Colgate’s Total toothpaste contains the chemical is causing a stir.

US gov passes bill to speed up FDA sunscreen approvals

29-Jul-2014 - The U.S. House of Representatives has finally passed a bill that will streamline the process for reviewing and approving ingredients in sunscreen products.

Is fragrance allergy partly psychosomatic?

28-Jul-2014 - Scientists in the US have been conducting research that suggests some individuals with allergic reactions to smell may be caused by what they think they smell, rather than the actual...

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The ‘global beauty consumer’ driving regulation alignment

24-Jul-2014 - The head of the Canadian Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA), Darren Praznik, has spoken of the increasing need for international regulatory alignment in the face of the rising ‘global...

Ashland joins PASS Coalition in supporting Sunscreen Innovation Act

22-Jul-2014 - Specialty ingredients supplier Ashland has voiced its support and approval of the Sunscreen Innovation Act, H.R. 4250 as it looks to develop its new products.

New York state targets the clean-up 1,4-dioxane pollution

22-Jul-2014 - State wastewater treatment authorities in New York say they are implementing new technology that targets the long-term treatment of 1,4-dioxane pollution.

Bella! EC backs beauty health claims; must be judged case-by-case

22-Jul-2014 - Beauty claims are permissible under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) a European Commission committee has said in what an analyst says is a “first blessing” the EC may have...

EU cosmetics Regulation one year on: How is industry coping?

18-Jul-2014 - It has now been over a year since the new cosmetics regulation came into force on 11 July 2013 but challenges still remain for companies to be compliant, and a...

Update: EC wraps up EDC review

15-Jul-2014 - The European Commission has implied in a recent review paper that it has concluded ensuring that REACH covers the assessment of EDCs.

Guest article

Can the Soil Association’s small changes make a big difference?

10-Jul-2014 - As the Soil Association announces its campaign to change consumer perceptions of organic brands, Imogen Matthews takes a look at the situation.

Health Canada consults on new regulatory framework

10-Jul-2014 - Health Canada is set to launch consultations this fall on a new framework aimed at streamlining and updating the current regulations for cosmetics that are currently defined as “drugs” under...

Does the current rash of legislation spell the end for microbeads?

03-Jul-2014 - Legislative moves to ban microbeads in personal care formulations in the states of Illinois, California and New York look set to make this environmentally toxic ingredient a thing of the...

Green Ribbon Science Panel calls for prioritization of ingredient concerns

03-Jul-2014 - The Sacramento based Green Ribbon Science Panel has recommended approaches to the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) at its' most recent meeting.

What the new FDA guidance on nanomaterials means for cosmetic players

02-Jul-2014 - Last week the FDA issued new guidance that aims to create a clearer framework to identify potential safety issues for nanomaterials used in cosmetics.

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