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Regulation & Safety

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!

Advertising watch group goes after Almay

20-May-2015 - The brand’s star spangled #SimplyAmerican campaign motivated TruthInAdvertising.org to file a deceptive advertising complaint with federal and state authorities.

App aims to help NY consumers avoid products containing microbeads

20-May-2015 - Lawmakers in the state of New York have launched a pamphlet and accompanying app designed to help consumers avoid buying personal care products containing plastic microbeads.

Size matters: Unilever pays out for deceptive Axe packaging

18-May-2015 - A recent settlement between the District Attorney’s Office in Orange County and Unilever has seen the consumer goods giant shell out over $770,000 for the ‘deceptive’ packaging of products.

The rules have changed and biodiversity-based R&D needs to be reviewed to be compliant

06-May-2015 - Companies utilising natural ingredients need to review their practices to be compliant with new regulations on biodiversity-based R&D being adopted in Europe and other countries around the world, according to...

No ad ban for Tom Ford perfume as complaints that it ‘degrades women’ are not upheld

05-May-2015 - The latest advertising for Tom Ford’s Black Orchid perfume campaign featuring model Cara Delevingne has been deemed appropriate for display despite complaints that it was degrading and objectified women called...

Federal microbead-free bill set for May 1st hearing

29-Apr-2015 - The proposed Microbead-Free Waters Acts aiming to limit the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetic and personal care formulations at a Federal level is set to be heard this Friday,...

Sun Care Special Newsletter

The lowdown on global sunscreen regulation

28-Apr-2015 - When it comes to regulation, cosmetic and personal care professionals will often cite sun care as one of the most challenging categories to gain global compliance. We spoke Carl Geffken,...

Navigating the Personal Care Products Safety Act

27-Apr-2015 - The act has just been introduced and with backing from industry giants such as Revlon and L’Oreal, as well as the Personal Care Product Council, it now looks set to...

Feinstein bill could be bad for business, ICMAD claims

21-Apr-2015 - The Independent Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) organization has criticized the proposed Personal Care Products Safety Act being introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

Organix products must be 70% organic, pending Canadian court approval

16-Apr-2015 - That’s one stipulation of the proposed settlement in a class action suit accusing Vogue International of deceptive advertising and marketing of Organix skin care and hair care products.

Cosmetics Compliance Seminar focuses on regulations in Canada

07-Apr-2015 - Canada’s regulatory framework for cosmetics and their importation will come under the spotlight at this month’s Cosmetics Compliance Seminar in California.

Beauty apps to be governed by FDA and FTC, lawyers caution

06-Apr-2015 - A majority of cosmetics apps will be subject to new draft guidance—now open for comment—from the FDA that designates them as General Wellness devices.

Canadian parliament moves toward microbead ban

26-Mar-2015 - In hopes of curbing environmental damage in the Great Lakes region and beyond, the Canadian parliament—armed with new research—has taken action toward listing microbeads as a toxic substance.

Will growth of wet wipes market be hampered by mounting evidence of pollution?

26-Mar-2015 - A new report indicates that the global wet wipes market is set for significant growth, but mounting evidence that the material causes pollution may cause consumers to think twice about...

EPA proposes registration requirements for nano materials

26-Mar-2015 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mulling a one-time reporting and recordkeeping requirement on nano chemical substances that is likely to include skin and sun care products.

Special newsletter - Men's grooming

How to keep male grooming products on the right side of the law

25-Mar-2015 - We talk to an expert about regulation in the male grooming category, throwing light on some of the specific challenges that anti-aging, hair loss and shaving products present in the...

2015 Cosmetics Compliance Seminar secures more expert speakers

24-Mar-2015 - The 2015 Cosmetics Compliance Seminar is just around the corner, with the final speaker line up now including experts in the fields of CARB and the California Safe Cosmetics Act.

Guthy-Renker facing lawsuit following hair loss complaints

23-Mar-2015 - Dallas-based firm Christiansen Davis has filed suit in a California federal court after multiple women claimed to have suffered severe hair loss after using ‘Wen Hair Products’. 

New Jersey enacts law banning microbeads

19-Mar-2015 - After New Jersey state legislatures passed legislation to outlaw microbeads in October last year, the law was enacted this week, making it the second US state to do so.

University of Karachi sets up dedicated Halal product testing lab

11-Mar-2015 - The University of Karachi’s (UoK) International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), has turned its attention to dedicated testing of Halal cosmetics and other Halal products by setting up...

FDA’s decision on sunscreen ingredients is ‘disappointing’, say industry bodies

10-Mar-2015 - A number of industry bodies have expressed their dismay at the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) preliminary decision to prevent two sunscreen ingredients from entering the US market unless...

FTC raps US app marketers for claiming they could detect melanoma

05-Mar-2015 - The Federal Trade Commission has barred the marketers of 'MelApp' and 'Mole Detective' from claiming they could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stages.

Specialty chemical company Clariant receives global ingredient certifications

02-Mar-2015 - The corporation’s cosmetic chemical production at manufacturing sites in and beyond Europe have been certified for Good Manufacturing Processes.

CARB deadline registration extended

25-Feb-2015 - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced an extension to its pending deadline demanding all data for consumers products sold in the state to be registered.

L’Oréal gets pulled up by the FDA on skin care claims

25-Feb-2015 - L’Oréal has received its third warning letter in as many years, this time getting cautioned over product claims for skin pigmentation that should put them in the new drug category....