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PCPC hits back at EWG sunscreen allegations

By Michelle Yeomans

Cosmetics trade association the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) has responded to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) allegations that retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone found in sunscreen formulations are unsafe.

CIQ sets down rules for importing cosmetic samples in China

CIQ sets down rules for importing cosmetic samples in China

By Michelle Yeomans

After announcing cosmetic companies were no longer required to obtain a CIQ label on imported cosmetics for China in March, the Shanghai Exit-Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has now set down specific guidelines to be implemented from the 1st July....

European and US regulations – a world apart. For now…

European and US regulations – a world apart. For now…

By Andrew McDougall

Different cultures, various definitions and a global market make it difficult for regulation of cosmetic products in Europe and the US to properly align, but strides are being taken in order to sufficiently protect consumers around the world.

EU is ‘under the gun’ to validate alternative methods, says industry expert

Voice of the Industry

EU is ‘under the gun’ to validate alternative methods, says industry expert

By Michelle Yeomans

In this first edition of ‘Voice of the Industry’, a new series to the Cosmetics Design sites, we sat down with renowned toxicologist Dr. Jim McKim after his presentation at in-cosmetics in Barcelona to discuss what shift the industry has seen in its quest...

FDA draft guidance urges manufacturers to substantiate product safety

FDA draft guidance urges manufacturers to substantiate product safety

By Andrew McDougall

The US Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidelines on the safety of nanomaterials in cosmetic products, urging manufacturers to meet with it before incorporating the ingredients into formulations, to substantiate the product’s safety.

Nail care manufacturers warned over mislabelling of toxic chemicals

Nail care manufacturers warned over mislabelling of toxic chemicals

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A study from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has fired a warning shot to manufacturers of nail care products claiming that many nail care products contain toxic chemicals even though their labels claim otherwise.

US Congress to take a look at toxic chemicals in cosmetics

US Congress to take a look at toxic chemicals in cosmetics

By Andrew McDougall

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has called the first official Congressional hearing on cosmetics safety in more than 30 years following recent debates over the levels of certain ‘toxic’ chemicals present in cosmetic products.

CIQ labels no longer required for imported cosmetics in China, says CIRS

CIQ labels no longer required for imported cosmetics in China, says CIRS

By Michelle Yeomans

The China Exit-Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (CIQ) has announced that cosmetic companies are no longer required to obtain a China Inspection and Quarantine label for imported cosmetics, providing those products have passed the bureau’s inspections

NAD takes issue with nutricosmetic advertising claims

NAD takes issue with nutricosmetic advertising claims

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has pulled up supplement manufacturer Irwin Naturals over certain claims made about the efficacy of one of its nutricosmetic products.

Avon as transparent as a "black blanket,” says PETA VP in response to misleading China animal testing policy

Avon as transparent as a "black blanket,” says PETA VP in response to misleading China animal testing policy

By Michelle Yeomans

“We have been transparent on the issue regarding our requirement to adhere to local laws in countries where we do business,” said Avon, after it found itself in a class action lawsuit alongside Estee Lauder and Mary Kay for allegedly claiming that their...

L’Oreal ups the animal testing alternative ante with EPA investment

L’Oreal ups the animal testing alternative ante with EPA investment

By Andrew McDougall

The US Environmental Protection Agency received $1.2 million in private sector research funding from global cosmetic company L’Oreal in a bid to determine if EPA’s chemical toxicity forecaster (ToxCast) can be used in systemic toxicity tests and replace...

Don’t Panic! PCPC brands consumer product study ‘needlessly scary’

Don’t Panic! PCPC brands consumer product study ‘needlessly scary’

By Andrew McDougall

The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) has questioned a study by the Silent Spring Institute (SSI) that claims to have found ‘harmful chemicals’ in a wide range of consumer products including cosmetics, stating that it ‘needlessly scares’ consumers.

Darren Abrahams, Steptoe & Johnson

REACH compliance: the time is now for US companies

By Simon Pitman

As the deadlines for the next phases of the European chemical regulation REACH get ever nearer, Cosmetics Design spoke to a lawyer specialized in helping US companies fulfill the requirements.

These skin creams manufactured in other countries are among the products found in recent years to contain mercury

FDA links mercury poisoning to skin products

By Michelle Yeomans

The FDA has uncovered skin care products containing unacceptable mercury levels in at least seven states in the US that are being marketed as “skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles,” according...

New animal testing alternative recommended over current method in US

New animal testing alternative recommended over current method in US

By Michelle Yeomans

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods has recommended a new non-animal testing method to identify estrogen agonist and antagonist activity that it says; “provides a number of benefits over the method currently...

PCPC defends FDA study of lead found in lipsticks

PCPC defends FDA study of lead found in lipsticks

By Andrew McDougall

The Personal Care Products Council has spoken out in defence of the FDA study into the levels of lead found in lipstick, reinforcing the view that there are ‘no safety concerns’, following criticism from pressure groups.

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