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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!

New eye and skin irritation test guidelines for make-up and personal care products

26-Aug-2015 - The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has published two novel eye irritation testing protocols and updated several skin testing guidelines.

What the new Brazilian biodiversity regulation means to cosmetics companies

17-Aug-2015 - With a new Brazilian regulation aiming to generate more research and cultivation of indigenous plant species, cosmetics companies look set to benefit but will also be expected to foot the...

Canada government raises pledge to ban microbeads

11-Aug-2015 - The Canada government has now made moves that should make it the first country in the Americas to place a ban on microbeads in personal care formulations.

Avon pledges to clean up palm oil supply chain

29-Jul-2015 - The direct-sales beauty company just updated its Palm Oil Promise document with stringent objectives and supplier guidelines that are more socially responsible when it comes to environmental and human rights...

Stream2Sea sun care takes safety testing to the extreme

27-Jul-2015 - Company founder Autumn Blum is overseeing meticulous product testing on delicate zebrafish and coral larvae “so that we can state, with complete confidence, that we are the safest product on the...

Are sunscreen and sun exposure guidelines unhealthy?

22-Jul-2015 - Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to numerous health conditions, and now an organization in Canada is calling for public health groups to advise consumers about the benefits of moderate...

New York politicians give final push to microbeads bill

21-Jul-2015 - New York political leaders have given their full support to a ban on micorbeads in personal care that will eventually be implemented state-wide.

EC says it cannot assess hair dye ingredient

16-Jul-2015 - Months after it called for an opinion on Basic Blue 124, the European Commission has concluded that it cannot fully assess the safe use of the hair dye ingredient.

DEHP replacements pose health risks, studies show

14-Jul-2015 - Researches at NYU Langone Medical Center have published findings that link di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) to medical conditions in both adults and children.

UL proposes industry standards for evaluating personal care product safety

09-Jul-2015 - Wellness, sustainability, and ingredient safety rank high among consumer concerns about personal care and cosmetics products, and third-party certifications could be an effective way to mitigate their uncertainties. 

FDA steps up on warnings over drug claims

08-Jul-2015 - The FDA has recently sent two letters out to companies marketing personal care products for topical use, underlining that any claims pertaining to physiological changes puts the products in the...

P&G set to change Olay packaging after settling slack fill lawsuit

07-Jul-2015 - Procter & Gamble says it will change the packaging design for its Olay Skin care products in the US after a lawsuit resulted in the company paying $850,000 in civil...

Post-consumer nanomaterials stunt plant growth, researchers find

06-Jul-2015 - Cosmetics and sun care products formulated with nanomaterials fall under scrutiny following the research team’s publication of two journal articles in Environmental Science and Technology.

A step-by-step guide helps determine characteristics and hazards of nano

02-Jul-2015 - As more and more personal care product formulations comprise engineered nanomaterials, environment, health, and safety researchers are charged with ensuring the ingredients do not adversely affect the health of consumers...

Retailers set the bar for natural and organic standards

01-Jul-2015 - Live Organically, a newly launched ecommerce site, is the latest retailer working to close the gap between consumer expectations and industry best practices in this space.

Connecticut joins growing list of states set to ban microbeads

01-Jul-2015 - Connecticut has joined a growing list of US state legislatures that have decided to ban the use of plastic microbead in personal care formulation due to the environmental risk the...

Sesame fated to be labeled as an allergen by the FDA

30-Jun-2015 - US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts have asked the administration to require the ingredient be listed in the interest of...

Article on EWG ‘worst’ sunscreens list goes viral

25-Jun-2015 - As news of the Environmental Working Group’s list of worst sunscreens continues to spread in the US media, one article goes viral leading to fears for consumer safety and the...

Bill aims to finally outlaw animal testing of cosmetics in the USA

24-Jun-2015 - A bipartisan bill has been introduced to the United States Congress that aims to finally ban the testing of cosmetics and personal care products on animals.

Study shows consumers bear the cost of eco-friendly palm oil

18-Jun-2015 - It will be consumers who will be paying the price to harvest palm oil in an eco-friendly way, new research carried out in the US and the UK finds.

Fire shuts down LASplash Cosmetics

16-Jun-2015 - Nail care has been caught in the glare of the media spotlight lately and following this latest incident, publicity could go from bad to worse.

Triclosan, phthalates and microbeads eliminated from Life Brand products

15-Jun-2015 - Canadian supermarket Loblaw has committed to removing these ingredients from its private brand of personal care items, explaining that such a move is best in light of “emerging science and...

UN publishes report urging the discontinuation of microbeads in cosmetics

12-Jun-2015 - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report this week on the occasion of World Oceans' Day recommending a precautionary approach toward microplastic management, with an eventual phase-out and ban...

FDA highlights differences between cosmetic and medical devices

11-Jun-2015 - The US FDA has issued a warning notice primarily aimed at cosmetic device manufacturers and distributors to highlight the differences in market claims and clearance when compared to medical devices....

Industry giants weigh in on sustainable palm oil

03-Jun-2015 - This week J&J, P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, and Seventh Generation along with numerous other interested companies and investors ran a letter on the non-profit sustainability site urging the RSPO to adjust...