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EC publishes latest update on animal testing

13-May-2011 - The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published its latest report on alternative methods to animal testing and concluded that it may take years for non-animal testing to become...

Green Seal introduces first US certification for whole product life cycle

05-May-2011 - Non-profit organization Green Seal is introducing a standard for certification of personal care and cosmetics products, which will be the first in the category to cover the whole product life...

FDA warns eyelash enhancer makers on formulation and marketing claims

26-Apr-2011 - The US Food and Drug Administration has issued three brand owners of eyelash growth products marketed in the United States with a warning letter.

P&G extends Clairol hair color recall

18-Apr-2011 - Procter and Gamble has added two more shades to the voluntary recall list of its Clairol Natural Instincts products, taking the total number of shades recalled from the market up...

Hazard alert released as formaldehyde furor continues

15-Apr-2011 - The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its latest call warning salon professionals about the danger of potential formaldehyde exposure when using hair smoothing treatments.

Health Canada publishes latest formaldehyde product warning

13-Apr-2011 - Health Canada (HC) has announced results of its testing for formaldehyde in hair smoothing treatments, and named five products that it has judged to contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

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Conference to highlight UVA challenges and discuss level of sun protection

12-Apr-2011 - The International Sun Protection Conference will look into the effects of UVA on the skin and question whether the levels of protection are currently adequate.

P&G voluntarily recalls Clairol hair colorants due to unwanted results

11-Apr-2011 - Procter and Gamble has recalled ten shades of its Clairol Natural Instincts products with immediate effect, stating that some of the kits may produce an unwanted color result.

Procter & Gamble commits to LEED certification for new plants

23-Mar-2011 - P&G says that it will strive to certify all new production facilities according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifcation standards.

Cosmetics can only appear to do things, says US lawyer

22-Mar-2011 - From a regulatory perspective it is important to remember that cosmetics don’t do anything, rather they just appear to do something, says a US lawyer specialised in FDA and FTC...

Cosmetics firm warned by FDA for drug-like marketing claims

15-Mar-2011 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent out a warning letter to a US cosmetics firm for its supposedly drug-like marketing claims.

UEBT and NaTrue attempt to heighten ethical sourcing awareness

11-Mar-2011 - The Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) and NaTrue have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help raise awareness of the importance of naturally sourced cosmetics products and the ethical...

FDA urged to work with OSHA to determine safe levels of formaldehyde

10-Mar-2011 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been urged to work together with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to establish if hair smoothing treatments emit unsafe...

Competition over US natural and organic standards intensifies

09-Mar-2011 - As three leading certification players vie to dominate the US market for natural and organic cosmetic products, competition is set to hot up in tandem with market growth.

Brazilian Blowout drops lawsuit in formaldehyde fiasco

07-Mar-2011 - Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that the makers of the Brazilian Blowout hair straightening treatment, has dropped the lawsuit against the Oregon agency.

Conference focuses on regulation of nanotechnology

28-Feb-2011 - With big changes afoot for nanotechnology regulation a one day conference at the University of Arizona will look at how changes will affect various industries, including cosmetics.

COSMOS organic and natural standard open for certification

25-Feb-2011 - The COSMOS organic and natural standard for cosmetics products, developed by five of Europe’s biggest standard bodies, is now open for applications.

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H2O Plus skin care products gain NPA natural seal

22-Feb-2011 - H2O Plus' Sea Pure Skincare and Body Collections have gained the Natural Products Association’s natural seal in the US.

NSF wades into natural standard debate

21-Feb-2011 - NSF International has voiced its views on its partnership with Natrue and responded to the Natural Products Association’s (NPA) claims that the collaboration is confusing.

Revlon reports net sales increase for Q4 and 2010

17-Feb-2011 - Global cosmetics firm Revlon announced its fourth quarter and year results, reporting an overall increase in net sales despite problematic currency fluctuations in Latin America.

New regulation to affect suppliers of UV-cured inks and varnish

16-Feb-2011 - Switzerland has introduced new regulation regarding the potential migration of potentially toxic substances used in UV-cured inks and lacquers for cosmetics packaging.

Steps taken towards global definition of ‘natural’ cosmetics

11-Feb-2011 - Natrue has taken steps towards a globally recognised definition for the use of the term natural in personal care products by partnering with US certifier NSF International.

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TÜV Rheinland opens up consumer product testing lab

10-Feb-2011 - Germany-based TÜV Rheinland has opened up its first testing lab in North America for consumer products, which will also provide capabilities for cosmetic products.

US patent for biodegradable pack

10-Feb-2011 - Biodegradable packaging manufacturer Eco Vision has been awarded a US patent for its home compostable Eco Tube package, which is used for lip care products.

FDA publishes alert on contaminated cosmetics

02-Feb-2011 - The US Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has warned cosmetic companies over importing products that may be contaminated, stating they may be subject to removal and analysis by District offices.

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