Regulation & Safety

J&J loses again

J&J loses again

By Deanna Utroske

This week the consumer packaged goods company was order to pay millions to yet another woman who developed ovarian cancer following use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products.

Talc supplier and J&J headed to court over cancer

Talc supplier and J&J headed to court over cancer

By Deanna Utroske

In a trial set to begin next week, more than 1,000 women are now suing the consumer goods company and the ingredients supplier Imerys Talc America for not disclosing known health risks.

$10 million Suave hair loss settlement back in court

$10 million Suave hair loss settlement back in court

By Deanna Utroske

Unilever faced multiple class action suits when consumers using a Suave Professional product reported hair loss and scalp burns. Late last week the Seventh Circuit decided on an appeal from class members dissatisfied with the initial outcome.

The lowdown on colour regulation in Europe

Special Newsletter - Colour Cosmetics

The lowdown on colour regulation in Europe

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Colour plays a vital role in the cosmetics industry, but manufacturers can sometimes be faced with the challenges that arise from the regulations surrounding colour and colourants. Here we sat down with the Cosmetics Toiletry and Perfumery Association...

Study gives nod of approval to Reef Safe sunscreen

Study gives nod of approval to Reef Safe sunscreen

By Simon Pitman

A study conducted by the Mote Marine Tropical Research Laboratory in Florida draws on science to prove that Reef Safe sunscreens are harmless to corals and cause no visual impact.

New FDA commissioner confirmed

New FDA commissioner confirmed

By Deanna Utroske

Dr. Robert Califf now leads the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration. The cardiologist-by-training is expected to focus much more on issues of food, drug, and tobacco regulation than on cosmetics.  

J&J loses in court, talcum powder linked to cancer

J&J loses in court, talcum powder linked to cancer

By Deanna Utroske

This week, a Missouri jury found the company liable for fraud, negligence, and conspiracy in a case brought by Jacqueline Fox and litigated by family members, following her death last October.

Lush cosmetics factory in talks to avoid nuisance lawsuit

Lush cosmetics factory in talks to avoid nuisance lawsuit

By Deanna Utroske

Residents of Toronto, Ontario, have been complaining about the strong scent of a nearby Lush Cosmetics factory for years, and some believe the facility is to blame for headaches, migraines, and skin irritation.   

State of Florida considering cosmetics regulations update

State of Florida considering cosmetics regulations update

By Deanna Utroske

Every two years cosmetics made, packaged, or labeled in the state have to be registered with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Separate bills, currently under consideration by the Senate and the House, would change that mandate.

EOS settles class action suit and will improve labeling

EOS settles class action suit and will improve labeling

By Deanna Utroske

The lip care and skin care company announced late last week that a settlement was reached in a recent class action suit claiming that EOS lip balm can cause a rash and that product labeling is inadequate. 

Class action lawsuit filed against EOS lip care

Class action lawsuit filed against EOS lip care

By Deanna Utroske

The suit filed Tuesday by plaintiff Rachael Cronin, and all other similarly situated complainants, asserts that the product causes a rash; and it has already sparked a fair bit of negative media coverage.

ICMAD and ACI collaborate on regulatory forum

ICMAD and ACI collaborate on regulatory forum

By Simon Pitman

The third Annual Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Cosmetics and Personal Care Products is set to spotlight the latest regulatory developments in New York.

US Senate passes microbead ban

US Senate passes microbead ban

By Deanna Utroske

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the bill—which would definitively ban the use of microbeads in beauty products and personal care formulations—that was unanimously passed last Friday and now is in the hands of President Obama.

More than 200 women named in lawsuit against Wen hair care

More than 200 women named in lawsuit against Wen hair care

By Simon Pitman

Chaz Dean, celebrity hair stylist and owner of the Wen hair care line, has been named in a lawsuit that claims more than 200 women from over 40 states have experienced adverse reactions after using the brand.

Federal government makes headway on microbead ban

Federal government makes headway on microbead ban

By Deanna Utroske

Monday, the House of Representatives voted on a bill to impose a national ban against using the plastic ingredient in cosmetics and personal care product formulations. The Senate has yet to formally weigh in on microbeads.

Business media wary of under-regulated cosmetics industry

Business media wary of under-regulated cosmetics industry

By Deanna Utroske

It’s not uncommon for consumer-facing publications, beauty blogs, or activists to voice disapproval of US personal care regulations, but this Sunday the online new site Business Insider joined in the chorus.

Japan to 'streamline' regulation on cosmetics imports

Japan to 'streamline' regulation on cosmetics imports

By Michelle Yeomans

Japan's Cosmetic Importers Association has announced its intention to abolish the current import notification system for cosmetics to speed up the process for international players.

New ideas for managing soy usage

New ideas for managing soy usage

By Deanna Utroske

In hopes of limiting the impact soy has on forested areas, the Consumer Goods Forum has just published a document meant to help personal care and cosmetic companies make informed choices about their soy supply chains.

Unilever investing in alternatives to animal testing

Unilever investing in alternatives to animal testing

By Lucy Whitehouse

As an ever-increasing number of countries make moves to end the testing of consumer products on animals, Unilever has partnered up with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop alternative testing strategies.