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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!

Will the trend to reveal fragrance ingredients take hold in the personal care industry?

21-Oct-2014 - Household products company SC Johnson announced that its voluntarily ingredient disclosure program—launched in 2009—will expand to include product-specific fragrance ingredients.

Are French lavender farmers losing the battle against warning labels?

17-Oct-2014 - French lavender farmers have complained loudly about warning labels for cosmetic and fragrance products containing lavender oil, but it seems like regulators are going through with the move regardless....

Brands using BPA are more susceptible to consumer opinion due to social media

16-Oct-2014 - Consumers concerned that Bisphenol A used in cosmetics packaging could be absorbed through the skin and disrupt the body’s endocrine system, have taken to social media and are effectively overwhelming...

Slack-fill: How much is too much?

15-Oct-2014 - A recent lawsuit in California brought against a cosmetics brand for slack-fill highlights the pitfall this area presents. Lawyer to the cosmetics industry, Angela Diesch, points out how to avoid...

Guest article

Spike in false advertising legal challenges to the cosmetics industry

14-Oct-2014 - Companies across the country have been defending themselves against consumer class actions challenging advertising for cosmetics, report three leading law experts from the practice Sidley Austin LLP.   ...

Law firm takes action over beauty cream allegedly containing unlabeled steroids

09-Oct-2014 - Tristate area law firm Whitfield Bryson & Mason is set to take legal action over Mario Badescu’s Control Cream and Healing Cream, alleging that is has been found to contain...

American Chamber of Commerce urges China to “adopt international best practices”

09-Oct-2014 - The Chinese government has been called on to “adopt international best practices” with its' cosmetics regulation by the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning

02-Oct-2014 - Unilever holds its head high after winning an ad battle over its Dove soap after it had dryness claims questioned, and the Advertising Standards authority ruled in its favour.

Safer Consumer Products Summit should put cosmetics at the top of the agenda

01-Oct-2014 - The 5th Annual Safer Consumer Products Summit is to be held in California at the end of October, with discussions likely to put the safety of cosmetic and personal care products...

Product Recall

Unilever recalls roll-on deos in Belgium due to contamination

01-Oct-2014 - Unilever has had its Belgian subsidiary recall 50ml bottles of its Neutral Roll-on deodorant after it discovered bacteria in samples of the deodorant it tested, which could affect vulnerable people...

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.

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.

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.

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...

Exclusive interview

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...

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