Regulation & Safety

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.

Avon pledges to clean up palm oil supply chain

Avon pledges to clean up palm oil supply chain

By Deanna Utroske

The direct-sales beauty company just updated its Palm Oil Promise document with stringent objectives and supplier guidelines that are more socially responsible when it comes to environmental and human rights concerns.

Stream2Sea sun care takes safety testing to the extreme

Stream2Sea sun care takes safety testing to the extreme

By Deanna Utroske

Company founder Autumn Blum is overseeing meticulous product testing on delicate zebrafish and coral larvae “so that we can state, with complete confidence, that we are the safest product on the shelves,” she says. 

Are sunscreen and sun exposure guidelines unhealthy?

Are sunscreen and sun exposure guidelines unhealthy?

By Deanna Utroske

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to numerous health conditions, and now an organization in Canada is calling for public health groups to advise consumers about the benefits of moderate UV exposure.

DEHP replacements pose health risks, studies show

DEHP replacements pose health risks, studies show

By Deanna Utroske

Researches at NYU Langone Medical Center have published findings that link di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) to medical conditions in both adults and children.

FDA steps up on warnings over drug claims

FDA steps up on warnings over drug claims

By Simon Pitman

The FDA has recently sent two letters out to companies marketing personal care products for topical use, underlining that any claims pertaining to physiological changes puts the products in the drugs category.

Sesame fated to be labeled as an allergen by the FDA

Sesame fated to be labeled as an allergen by the FDA

By Deanna Utroske

US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts have asked the administration to require the ingredient be listed in the interest of consumer safety. 

Article on EWG ‘worst’ sunscreens list goes viral

Article on EWG ‘worst’ sunscreens list goes viral

By Simon Pitman

As news of the Environmental Working Group’s list of worst sunscreens continues to spread in the US media, one article goes viral leading to fears for consumer safety and the reputation of sunscreen manufacturers.

Fire shuts down LASplash Cosmetics

Fire shuts down LASplash Cosmetics

By Deanna Utroske

Nail care has been caught in the glare of the media spotlight lately and following this latest incident, publicity could go from bad to worse.

Industry giants weigh in on sustainable palm oil

Industry giants weigh in on sustainable palm oil

By Deanna Utroske

This week J&J, P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, and Seventh Generation along with numerous other interested companies and investors ran a letter on the non-profit sustainability site ceres.org urging the RSPO to adjust its certification standards. 

The professional beauty industry goes under the microscope

The professional beauty industry goes under the microscope

By Simon Pitman

It has been a couple of weeks since the New York Times published its two-part exposé on the professional nail care industry in the New York area. And justified or not, the entire professional beauty category is now under scrutiny.

Advertising watch group goes after Almay

Advertising watch group goes after Almay

By Deanna Utroske

The brand’s star spangled #SimplyAmerican campaign motivated TruthInAdvertising.org to file a deceptive advertising complaint with federal and state authorities.

Federal microbead-free bill set for May 1st hearing

Federal microbead-free bill set for May 1st hearing

By Simon Pitman

The proposed Microbead-Free Waters Acts aiming to limit the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetic and personal care formulations at a Federal level is set to be heard this Friday, May 1st.

The lowdown on global sunscreen regulation

Sun Care Special Newsletter

The lowdown on global sunscreen regulation

By Simon Pitman

When it comes to regulation, cosmetic and personal care professionals will often cite sun care as one of the most challenging categories to gain global compliance. We spoke Carl Geffken, president of Carl Geffken Consultants to discover the key areas...

Navigating the Personal Care Products Safety Act

Navigating the Personal Care Products Safety Act

By Simon Pitman

The act has just been introduced and with backing from industry giants such as Revlon and L’Oreal, as well as the Personal Care Product Council, it now looks set to become law.

Canadian parliament moves toward microbead ban

Canadian parliament moves toward microbead ban

By Deanna Utroske

In hopes of curbing environmental damage in the Great Lakes region and beyond, the Canadian parliament—armed with new research—has taken action toward listing microbeads as a toxic substance.

How to keep male grooming products on the right side of the law

Special newsletter - Men's grooming

How to keep male grooming products on the right side of the law

By Simon Pitman

We talk to an expert about regulation in the male grooming category, throwing light on some of the specific challenges that anti-aging, hair loss and shaving products present in the U.S. and Europe.