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Common cosmetics treatment may increase risk of HIV transmission

10-Jan-2017 - Microdermabrasion, a common treatment by which a person’s skin is gently sanded with the aim of removing the thicker outer layer as a type of facial, is being investigated by...

Counterfeit cosmetics in France: customs officers uncover illegal manufacturing facility

10-Jan-2017 - In a discovery described as “exceptional and unprecedented”, investigators from the National Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (DNRED) in France have uncovered a laboratory dedicated to the production of...

EC responds on CMR carcinogens ban in cosmetics

04-Jan-2017 - The European Commission's move last year to clarify how carcinogenic substances in cosmetics are regulated was met with criticism, and the EC has now responded.

Industry responds to public consultation on UK microbeads ban

03-Jan-2017 - A public consultation was launched by the UK government into its proposal to ban the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing plastic microbeads.

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‘No room for greenwashing’: The reality of sustainability for the personal care industry

15-Dec-2016 - With sustainability very much an industry focus and in the public eye, we caught up with Chris Sayner from specialty chemicals company Croda to get his take on the current...

China’s cosmetics production license deadline approaches

14-Dec-2016 - Chinese cosmetics manufacturers must exchange or obtain a Cosmetic Production License before 31st December 2016 to continue manufacturing activities.

EU ban on carcinogenic substances up for debate

08-Dec-2016 - Denmark’s minister for environment and food has criticised the European Commission’s move earlier this year to clarify that carcinogenic substances are not automatically banned from use in cosmetics products....

Are P&G and Unilever using child labor to source palm oil for personal care and cosmetic products? Amnesty International says ‘yes’

30-Nov-2016 - The human rights NGO released a new report today calling out nine multinational corporations that Amnesty found to be buying oil from a company with documented child labor, as well...

Human volunteer studies for beauty: acquisition strengthens UK company

23-Nov-2016 - A UK company that specialises in contract research for the beauty and healthcare industries has announced the acquisition of a similar company, which specialises in human volunteer studies.

New European project aims to boost toxicological knowledge of natural substances

28-Oct-2016 - Two cosmetics industry bodies in Europe are collaborating in a new project that aims to develop the toxocological knowledge of natural substances and boost innovation.

‘Communication is key to chemical safety’: European bodies join forces

26-Oct-2016 - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has teamed up with the European Chemistry Industry Council (Cefic) and the Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination group (DUCC) in a bid to strengthen chemical...

Aluminium salts study claims ingredient can be linked with cancer

11-Oct-2016 - A new study by the University of Geneva claims to show that aluminum salts, widely used in antiperspirants and deodorants, could be environmental breast carcinogens.

Animal testing: inquiry launched into EU bodies' statement

07-Oct-2016 - In light of the recent EU court ruling that there are to be ‘no exceptions’ to the animal testing ban on cosmetics, an inquiry has been launched into the official,...

Alternatives to animal testing: ECHA launches multi-language guide

30-Sep-2016 - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched guides to alternatives to animal testing and the REACH regulation, available to download in 23 languages.

Cosmetics stores rapped for carcinogenic products: London

28-Sep-2016 - Four UK businesses have been fined for selling cosmetics with banned ingredients, including some cancer-causing chemicals.

Animal testing ban: European Ombudsman examines claims against EU bodies

27-Sep-2016 - The official body responsible for investigating complaints about EU institutions is considering a complaint against the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) relating to the ban on animal...

Landmark court case upholds EU ban on animal testing: no exceptions

22-Sep-2016 - An EU court has ruled there are to be no exceptions in the region’s ban on cosmetics products that are tested on animals.

Organic beauty week plugs new Cosmetics Organic Standard

20-Sep-2016 - Organic beauty week has thrown a new certification for organic beauty products into the spotlight.

Greenwashing ‘still a risk for our sector’, says industry group

15-Sep-2016 - According to trade group NATRUE, the cosmetics and personal care industry faces a risk to consumer trust posed by greenwashing claims.

Bulldog speaks out in support of UK microbead ban

14-Sep-2016 - Bulldog for Men, British male grooming brand, has been one of the first to speak out in strong terms in favour of the ban announced on microbeads in the UK,...

Microbeads: UK government announces ban

06-Sep-2016 - Just days after a parliamentary committee released a review in favour of a ban in the UK, the government has announced any personal care products containing microplastic will be prohibited...

OECD approval given to animal testing alternative in Japan

06-Sep-2016 - The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has given approval to an animal testing alternative for cosmetic product allergies for use by Kao and Shiseido.

EC ban on MIT preservative in leave-on cosmetics approved

01-Sep-2016 - The European Commission has approved a ban on methylisothiazolinone (MIT) in leave-on cosmetics, a preservative traditionally used in water-based formulations - for example, in shampoos, liquid soaps, hand lotions and...

South Africa cosmetics industry set for regulatory overhaul

31-Aug-2016 - The beauty industry in South Africa is gearing up for regulatory changes following a proposal recently put forward by the government for public scrutiny.

UK looks set to tackle microbeads amid calls to ‘avoid the loopholes’

30-Aug-2016 - The UK government’s Environmental Audit Committee has called for a ban in the use of microbeads in cosmetics, which it recommends the country implements even if the EU avoids doing...

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