Regulation & Safety

New Jersey enacts law banning microbeads

New Jersey enacts law banning microbeads

By Simon Pitman

After New Jersey state legislatures passed legislation to outlaw microbeads in October last year, the law was enacted this week, making it the second US state to do so.

University of Karachi sets up dedicated Halal product testing lab

University of Karachi sets up dedicated Halal product testing lab

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

The University of Karachi’s (UoK) International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), has turned its attention to dedicated testing of Halal cosmetics and other Halal products by setting up a special laboratory at its Industrial Analytical...

CARB deadline registration extended

CARB deadline registration extended

By Simon Pitman

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced an extension to its pending deadline demanding all data for consumers products sold in the state to be registered.

Phthalates answerable to Maine’s chemical regulation law

Phthalates answerable to Maine’s chemical regulation law

By Deanna Utroske

Companies, states, countries and consumers are increasingly conscientious about the ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. Now Maine has proposed further regulations for products sold in that state.

Congressman pledges to take lead on US animal testing ban

Congressman pledges to take lead on US animal testing ban

By Simon Pitman

The Democratic Congressman for Virginia, Don Beyer, says he intends to take the lead in bringing the United States in line with Europe, India and Israel by banning the testing of animals on all cosmetics.

P&G and Unilever lock horns over US deodorant advertising

P&G and Unilever lock horns over US deodorant advertising

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

The National Advertising Division recommends that Procter & Gamble discontinue certain claims for its Secret Clinical Strength deodorant products, particularly claims of “100% odor protection,” after Unilever made a complaint.

Slack-fill: How much is too much?

Slack-fill: How much is too much?

By Simon Pitman

A recent lawsuit in California brought against a cosmetics brand for slack-fill highlights the pitfall this area presents. Lawyer to the cosmetics industry, Angela Diesch, points out how to avoid this potentially expensive mistake.

Spike in false advertising legal challenges to the cosmetics industry

Spike in false advertising legal challenges to the cosmetics industry

By Naomi Igra, Amy Lally and Robin Wechkin of Sidley Austin LLP

Companies across the country have been defending themselves against consumer class actions challenging advertising for cosmetics, report three leading law experts from the practice Sidley Austin LLP.   

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Unilever holds its head high after winning an ad battle over its Dove soap after it had dryness claims questioned, and the Advertising Standards authority ruled in its favour.

Unilever recalls roll-on deos in Belgium due to contamination

Product Recall

Unilever recalls roll-on deos in Belgium due to contamination

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Unilever has had its Belgian subsidiary recall 50ml bottles of its Neutral Roll-on deodorant after it discovered bacteria in samples of the deodorant it tested, which could affect vulnerable people both young and old.

P&G ad criticized for slight against Unilever product

P&G ad criticized for slight against Unilever product

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Procter & Gamble’s Olay Sensitive Body Wash has been recommended to drop print and online ad claims that Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash is ‘harsh’ after brand owner Unilever complained to the National Advertising Division.

Sunscreen Innovation Act looks set for approval

Sunscreen Innovation Act looks set for approval

By Simon Pitman

Following on from senate approval for the Sunscreen Innovation act earlier this month, regulation law expert Angela Deisch believes the bill looks set to be made law.

No European cosmetics concern over exposure to phthalates

No European cosmetics concern over exposure to phthalates

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

After a US study claimed that if children are exposed to certain phthalates while still in the womb, it could increase their risk of developing asthma; experts in Europe have moved to reiterate the safety of cosmetics products in Europe.

U.S. Marshals seize drug products from Flawless Beauty

U.S. Marshals seize drug products from Flawless Beauty

By Michelle Yeomans

At the request of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and the FDA, various ‘unapproved and improperly’ labeled products marketed, sold or distributed online by cosmetic brand, Flawless Beauty have been seized.

L’Oréal USA bags gender equality certification

L’Oréal USA bags gender equality certification

By Simon Pitman

L’Oréal USA has the claim to being the first company in the U.S. to secure Economic Dividends for Gender Equality global standard certification for workforce gender equality.

Friends of the Earth extends 'ToxFox' app

Friends of the Earth extends 'ToxFox' app

By Michelle Yeomans

The German NGO has extended its mobile app, ToxFox to android devices after a successful launch which allows users to check cosmetics for EDCs.

California bill to ban microbeads fails

California bill to ban microbeads fails

By Simon Pitman

A California state bill to ban microbeads that are used in a range of personal care products has failed to go through the state senate with a clear majority, creating a potential stumbling block for environmental campaigners.