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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.

American consumers do not want to lose antibacterial soaps

31-Jan-2011 - A large majority of American consumers are in favor of antibacterial soaps and do not want to lose the opportunity to purchase and use them, a recent survey found.

Cocaine-like bath salts are fake, says industry

31-Jan-2011 - Drug-like chemicals that are being sold as bath salts have nothing to do with real products made by reputable manufacturers, the US cosmetics trade association has said.

Research points to new ‘greener’ plant extraction method for red dye

26-Jan-2011 - A new environmentally friendly method of extracting carotenoids from dried capsicum for use in cosmetics has been developed by scientists in New Mexico.

USDA launches biobased certification for skin care and other products

20-Jan-2011 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a certification program for products made with renewable, biological material and consumer goods carrying the label are expected this spring.

FTC complaint made against ‘Fair Trade Certified’ labeling

20-Jan-2011 - Personal care company Dr. Bronner has joined forces with the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to request the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launch an investigation of deceptive practices against third party...

UCSF study finds high incidence of phthalates in bodies of pregnant women

17-Jan-2011 - A study conducted by the University of California – San Fransisco analyzing 163 chemicals found in a range of consumers products, earmarks phthalates as an offender.

FDA reveals final phase of Transparency Initiative

07-Jan-2011 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled the third and final stage of an initiative intended to improve the transparency of its rulemaking process with the industries it regulates.


Industry cannot win on the question of animal testing

05-Jan-2011 - In 2011 the cosmetics industry will find itself between a rock and a hard place when it comes to phasing out animal testing, a process that has been underway for...