The three day event will host a series of workshops and presentations that will concentrate on the four key areas of quality assurance, microbiology, safety and, increasingly important, environmental issues.
Held at the Marriott Hotel, Newark, New Jersey, the event organizers are hoping that the central location - next to the international airport as well as being in close proximity to some of the major suppliers and players in the personal care industry - will help to boost attendance.
Four key workshop areas
Each of the key areas will be divided into a series of workshops. Quality assurance will cover the issue of GMPs and cost effective compliance, together with risk based cost effective sampling plans and equipment verification.
The microbiology workshop will include sessions on contamination control, microbial risk assessments, issues related to packaging and microbial testing product safety development.
Safety will be tackled with a number of presentations covering topics such as cosmetic safety evaluation methods, EU ingredients regulations, alternative animal testing methods, botany safety assessment, and genomic computational tools.
Environmental impact of product formulation
Meanwhile, the environmental session will cover topics as diverse as exposure and risk screening methods for ingredients, ecotoxicology, biodegradation, cosmetics and endocrine disruptions and prioritization of chemicals.
A host of key speakers from the US personal care industry will include John Krowka, senior environmental scientist for the PCPC, who will be chairing both the microbiology workshop, as well as the environmental workshop.