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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!

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...

Cosmetics and fragrance regulations update recommended by Canada’s Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand

01-Jun-2016 - In a report Gelfand released yesterday, she advises that the country align some practices with EU standards. And, she made it clear that more regulatory involvement is needed to make...

Toxic Substances Control Act about to be updated, after 40 years

26-May-2016 - Legislation to reform the act just passed the US House of Representatives. And if momentum continues, phthalates, formaldehyde, as well as other personal care and cosmetic ingredients will come under...

New skin lightening ingredient passes safety tests

19-May-2016 - Specialty chemicals firm Sirona Biochem has announced that its new skin lightening compound has recently gone through safety and efficacy testing that has brought the innovation a major step closer...

Canada to restrict personal care and cosmetic preservatives

18-May-2016 - Health Canada has updated its Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist, and the new regulations will take effect in stages starting this June.

What you missed at this year’s Cosmetic Regulations Workshop

17-May-2016 - At a full-day event last week in New York City, ICMAD members and guests came together to learn about the new developments and nuances of cosmetics and personal care industry...

Iran welcomes K-beauty with reduced regulation

12-May-2016 - K-beauty is set to enjoy yet another export boost as Iran becomes the latest country to facilitate imports of Korean cosmetics.

J&J loses again

04-May-2016 - This week the consumer packaged goods company was order to pay millions to yet another woman who developed ovarian cancer following use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products.

Could US and Canada rivalry help to end cosmetic testing on animals in North America?

14-Apr-2016 - Animal testing opponent Cruelty Free International hopes “sibling rivalry” between the US and Canada will drive a race between the countries to end cosmetics testing on animals.

Talc supplier and J&J headed to court over cancer

04-Apr-2016 - In a trial set to begin next week, more than 1,000 women are now suing the consumer goods company and the ingredients supplier Imerys Talc America for not disclosing known...

$10 million Suave hair loss settlement back in court

31-Mar-2016 - Unilever faced multiple class action suits when consumers using a Suave Professional product reported hair loss and scalp burns. Late last week the Seventh Circuit decided on an appeal from class...

Special Newsletter - Colour Cosmetics

The lowdown on colour regulation in Europe

25-Mar-2016 - Colour plays a vital role in the cosmetics industry, but manufacturers can sometimes be faced with the challenges that arise from the regulations surrounding colour and colourants. Here we sat...

Old Spice brand faces $25 million lawsuit over deodorant allergy

22-Mar-2016 - Procter & Gamble’s men’s deodorant brand Old Spice is facing further legal action, this time over allegations that it causes an allergic reaction in users.

BASF nano forum calls for more transparency and clearer guidance for cosmetics

18-Mar-2016 - BASF’s Dialogforum Nano has called for clearer guidance and transparency in the future in order to work with nanomaterials in cosmetics safely and effectively, ensuring the needs of public authorities,...

Innosys Beauty Care IBS Inc facility devastated in fire

14-Mar-2016 - The company’s LA County offices and product distribution warehouse were completely destroyed early last week following an explosion and fire at the site—one employee died on the scene.

Study gives nod of approval to Reef Safe sunscreen

14-Mar-2016 - A study conducted by the Mote Marine Tropical Research Laboratory in Florida draws on science to prove that Reef Safe sunscreens are harmless to corals and cause no visual impact.

Berkeley teen skin study could usher in a new era of opportunity for natural and organic

10-Mar-2016 - Research from Berkeley University highlighting the potential effects of certain cosmetic chemicals on the skin of teenage girls’ skin could spark renewed interest in natural and organic products, experts believe.

Florida cosmetics legislation gets two industry endorsements

09-Mar-2016 - A Florida state legislative move to overhaul out of date cosmetic manufacturing rules has received two important industry endorsements that are expected to help move it forward.

Greenpeace scorecard rates personal care corporations poorly

09-Mar-2016 - Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Unilever, and Colgate-Palmolive all received unfavorable assessments from the environmental NGO for their palm oil supply chain practices.

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