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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!

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.

A new plan to certify sustainable and responsible marine ingredient sourcing

03-Mar-2016 - The Seaweed Standard, a joint project of the ASC and MCS, would leverage science-based regulation to protect the environment and promote ethical business.

New FDA commissioner confirmed

29-Feb-2016 - Dr. Robert Califf now leads the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration. The cardiologist-by-training is expected to focus much more on issues of food, drug,...

J&J loses in court, talcum powder linked to cancer

25-Feb-2016 - This week, a Missouri jury found the company liable for fraud, negligence, and conspiracy in a case brought by Jacqueline Fox and litigated by family members, following her death last...

Lush cosmetics factory in talks to avoid nuisance lawsuit

18-Feb-2016 - Residents of Toronto, Ontario, have been complaining about the strong scent of a nearby Lush Cosmetics factory for years, and some believe the facility is to blame for headaches, migraines,...

Fake online fragrance sales in the US could be costing companies $1 billion a year

18-Feb-2016 - Online retail can be a major opportunity for peddlers of counterfeit goods, and new research underlines how fake big brand fragrances are widely available to US online consumers....

State of Florida considering cosmetics regulations update

15-Feb-2016 - Every two years cosmetics made, packaged, or labeled in the state have to be registered with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Separate bills, currently under consideration by the...

Microbeads to be ditched in Australia as early as 2017

11-Feb-2016 - Australia is gearing up to join other countries across the world in phasing out microbeads from its personal care and beauty products.

Researchers caution against the use of 4NP and similar chemicals

04-Feb-2016 - A HackensackUMC study consistently found hormone-disrupting chemicals in children and is calling for further research into how this relates to pediatric hormonal disorders and what can be done to limit...