PCPC ex-chief sounds off on Safe Cosmetics Act
11-Aug-2011 By Simon Pitman
John Bailey, former chief scientist at the Personal Care Products Council, shares his thoughts on the current status of cosmetics law in the US and the Safe Cosmetics Act, pointing out some of the legislation's shortfalls.
PETA donates $1million to help find animal testing alternatives
06-Jul-2011 By Andrew McDougall
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has provided more than $1m in donations to research laboratories in order to aid development of cost-effective alternatives to animal-based testing methods.
Approval of cell-based assay for testing of Botox by FDA
30-Jun-2011 By Pooja Kondhia
California-based Allergan Inc has had its in-vitro, cell-based assay for testing the stability and potency of Botox and Botox cosmetic, approved by the FDA.
The Personal Care Products Council’s opposition to the Safe Cosmetics Act 2011
30-Jun-2011 By Pooja Kondhia
The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) has issued a statement in response to the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, which was recently introduced to Congress.
International Fragrance Association (IFRA) issues standards update
28-Jun-2011 By Pooja Kondhia
The 46th amendment to the IFRA code of practice has been issued by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), as part of the industry’s ongoing safety program.
New cosmetic certification standard created by Green Seal
28-Jun-2011 By Pooja Kondhia
Non-profit organisation Green Seal has apparently created the first certification standard for cosmetic and personal care products covering the whole life cycle of the product.
Public interest groups raise concerns over FDA sunscreen monograph
27-Jun-2011 By Andrew McDougall
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's newly released sunscreen rules do not sufficiently consider the risks posed by nanoscale ingredients according to some public interest groups, leading them to label the latest announcement 'disappointing.
Safe Cosmetics Act 2011 targets tighter industry regulation
27-Jun-2011 By Pooja Kondhia
Loopholes within the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act have resulted in a largely unregulated cosmetics industry; the vast majority of approximately 12,500 chemicals in use by the $50 billion cosmetics industry have never been assessed for safety.
21-Jun-2011 By Andrew McDougall
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that sunscreen products must be tested and labeled with new information that help consumers find effective sun protection measures to reduce the risk of skin cancer and aging.
14-Jun-2011 By Andrew McDougall
The US Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance to provide regulated industries, such as personal care, with greater certainty about the use of nanotechnology.
IFRA’s fifth testing cycle gives latest fragrance formulations the all clear
08-Jun-2011 By Andrew McDougall
The latest cycle of the IFRA Compliance Programme has shown that of all of the fragrance formulations tested are compliant with its Code of Practice.
Campaign For Safe Cosmetics highlights study on metals in cosmetics
17-May-2011 By Simon Pitman
Lobby group the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics has drawn attention to a new study that highlights potential dangerous levels of heavy metals in cosmetics products.
EC publishes latest update on animal testing
13-May-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 fully available.
Green Seal introduces first US certification for whole product life cycle
05-May-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 cycle.
FDA warns eyelash enhancer makers on formulation and marketing claims
26-Apr-2011 By Simon Pitman
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 to 12.
Hazard alert released as formaldehyde furor continues
15-Apr-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Andrew McDougall
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.
P&G voluntarily recalls Clairol hair colorants due to unwanted results
11-Apr-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Simon Pitman
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 By Katie Bird
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 matters.
Cosmetics firm warned by FDA for drug-like marketing claims
15-Mar-2011 By Katie Bird
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 trade in natural ingredients derived from biodiversity.
FDA urged to work with OSHA to determine safe levels of formaldehyde
10-Mar-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 levels of formaldehyde, given the industry outcry over the...
Competition over US natural and organic standards intensifies
09-Mar-2011 By Simon Pitman
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Simon Pitman
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 By Katie Bird
The COSMOS organic and natural standard for cosmetics products, developed by five of Europe’s biggest standard bodies, is now open for applications.
NSF wades into natural standard debate
21-Feb-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Andrew McDougall
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.
16-Feb-2011 By Katie Bird
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 By Andrew McDougall
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.
TÜV Rheinland opens up consumer product testing lab
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Katie Bird
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 By Katie Bird
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 By Simon Pitman
A new environmentally friendly method of extracting carotenoids from dried capsicum for use in cosmetics has been developed by scientists in New Mexico.
20-Jan-2011 By Katie Bird
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 certifier Fair Trade USA.
UCSF study finds high incidence of phthalates in bodies of pregnant women
17-Jan-2011 By Simon Pitman
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 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
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 By Katie Bird
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 many years.