Regulation & Safety

Virginia bans animal testing

Virginia bans animal testing

By Deanna Utroske

On Tuesday, the state passed legislation requiring cosmetics and personal care makers to use alternate forms of testing, and authorizing the Attorney General to enforce the ban and fine violators.

FDA prepares for public meeting on cosmetics regulation

FDA prepares for public meeting on cosmetics regulation

By Deanna Utroske

Each year, the US Food and Drug Administration participates in a summit of global cosmetics regulatory authorities. In advance of that, the FDA holds a meeting in the US to gather public input on topics relevant to regulating beauty and personal care...

The Body Shop launches new campaign for UN animal testing ban

The Body Shop launches new campaign for UN animal testing ban

By Deanna Utroske

The Natura brand is, for the first time, promoting its animal testing ban initiative in public spaces in the US. The company is hoping to inspire millions of people to sign a petition calling on the United Nations to end animal testing of cosmetics and...

Fire devastates private label beauty maker Verla International

Fire devastates private label beauty maker Verla International

By Deanna Utroske

Explosions and fire destroyed the company’s manufacturing and contract filling facility in New Windsor, New York, yesterday. Several employees were injured and at least one lost his life. Now, regulatory compliance investigations are underway.

Soil Association on COSMOS certification: 'Consider long-term strategy'

Special Newsletter: Natural and organic labelling

Soil Association on COSMOS certification: 'Consider long-term strategy'

By Lucy Whitehouse

We caught up with the Soil Association, the UK's leading farming charity and organic certification body, on the COSMOS certification, the current state of the natural and organic beauty market, and what brands need to do to stay ahead of the competition.

How to stop confusing consumers with organic and natural labelling

Special Newsletter: Natural and Organic Labelling

Why consumers struggle with natural and organic labelling and how to fix it

By Simon Pitman

Natural and organic labelling claims, certification and branding are confusing enough even for industry professionals, so imagine how consumers feel. We spoke to Ecovia Intelligence-founder Amarjit Sahota to find out how things can be simplified.

Alibaba counterfeit products

Alibaba teams up to remove counterfeit products

By Natasha Spencer

French luxury group, Kering, and e-commerce marketplace, Alibaba Group, partner to engage in joint enforcement actions to prevent online and offline cosmetics infringements and protect intellectual property rights. 

Study highlights rise in consumer complaints to FDA

Study highlights rise in consumer complaints to FDA

By Simon Pitman

A new study by Northwestern University highlights how the number of complaints to the FDA relating to cosmetic and personal care products more than doubled between 2015 and 2016.

Australia prepares to replace cosmetics regulation NICNAS

Australia prepares to replace cosmetics regulation NICNAS

By Natasha Spencer

The present National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) cosmetics regulation, which covers a wide range of chemicals including cosmetics, will be reformed from 1st July 2018.

Chinese regulations update: Knowledge and compliance

Chinese regulations update: Knowledge and compliance

By Natasha Spencer

As Belinda Carli, Director of the Institute of Personal Care Science prepares to provide an update on Chinese regulations at this week’s  in-cosmetics Korea in Seoul, we caught up to gain clarity on cosmetics regulations in the leading region.

Canada finalizes microbead ban

Canada finalizes microbead ban

By Deanna Utroske

The government published its Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations this month and the formal ban will go into effect in phases, beginning in January of 2018.

Will the UN instate a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics?

Will the UN instate a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics?

By Deanna Utroske

Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop have teamed up on a campaign to ask the intergovernmental organization to do just that. It’s an effort that could eventually act as a precedent for establishing other globally harmonious personal care and beauty...

What does Homeland Security want with beauty industry? part 2 CFATS

What does Homeland Security want with the beauty industry? part 2

By Deanna Utroske

For cosmetics and personal care companies and those that supply the industry with its ingredients, registration and participation in the program known as CFATS could well be mandatory. And not getting involved could be costly; violating companies can...

What does Homeland Security want with beauty industry? part 1 CFATS

What does Homeland Security want with the beauty industry? part 1

By Deanna Utroske

A department initiative knows as the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, or CFATS, requires select cosmetics manufacturers as well as ingredient suppliers and distributors to register and comply with security protocol.

Why 1,4-dioxane in cosmetics deserves more attention

Why 1,4-dioxane in cosmetics deserves more attention

By Simon Pitman

The issue of 1,4-dioxane is back in the headlines after traces of the substance were found in water supplies for Long Island, New York, but one expert fears that this attention could mean that the problem is overlooked for cosmetics formulation.

Does the move to eradicate 1,4-dioxane go far enough?

Does the move to eradicate 1,4-dioxane go far enough?

By Simon Pitman

Although pressure to ensure 1,4-dioxane is removed from cosmetic and personal formulations is supported by a leading naturals expert the question remains as to whether the move goes far enough.