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Public interest groups raise concerns over FDA sunscreen monograph

27-Jun-2011 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's newly released sunscreen rules do not sufficiently consider the risks posed by nanoscale ingredients according to some public interest groups, leading them to label...

FDA’s latest labeling rules for sunscreens welcomed by the industry

21-Jun-2011 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that sunscreen products must be tested and labeled with new information that help consumers find effective sun protection measures to reduce the...

BUAV launches online resource to source non-animal tested cosmetics

10-Jun-2011 - UK-based organisation BUAV has launched an online resource aimed at consumers who want to buy a range of beauty and household products that are not tested on animals.

IFRA’s fifth testing cycle gives latest fragrance formulations the all clear

08-Jun-2011 - The latest cycle of the IFRA Compliance Programme has shown that of all of the fragrance formulations tested are compliant with its Code of Practice.

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Urtekram supports ECEAE’s campaign to outlaw animal testing

27-May-2011 - Danish cosmetics brand Urtekram has backed the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) No Cruel Cosmetics campaign to end sales of cruel animal tested cosmetics within the EU.

Campaign For Safe Cosmetics highlights study on metals in cosmetics

17-May-2011 - Lobby group the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics has drawn attention to a new study that highlights potential dangerous levels of heavy metals in cosmetics products.

EC publishes latest update on animal testing

13-May-2011 - The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published its latest report on alternative methods to animal testing and concluded that it may take years for non-animal testing to become...

French parliament backs ban on plastic chemicals and parabens in cosmetics

06-May-2011 - Phthalate chemicals used in plastics and paraben preservatives in cosmetic manufacturing could be banned following a vote from the French National Assembly.

Safety assessments - Potential pitfalls in the cosmetics industry

20-Apr-2011 - Dr. Annelie Struessman of the safety assessment body CONUSBAT spoke to CosmeticsDesign at the recent in-cosmetics event to explain about the challenges faced by companies that are trying to fulfill...

P&G extends Clairol hair color recall

18-Apr-2011 - Procter and Gamble has added two more shades to the voluntary recall list of its Clairol Natural Instincts products, taking the total number of shades recalled from the market up...

Hazard alert released as formaldehyde furor continues

15-Apr-2011 - The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its latest call warning salon professionals about the danger of potential formaldehyde exposure when using hair smoothing treatments.

Health Canada publishes latest formaldehyde product warning

13-Apr-2011 - Health Canada (HC) has announced results of its testing for formaldehyde in hair smoothing treatments, and named five products that it has judged to contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

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Conference to highlight UVA challenges and discuss level of sun protection

12-Apr-2011 - The International Sun Protection Conference will look into the effects of UVA on the skin and question whether the levels of protection are currently adequate.

P&G voluntarily recalls Clairol hair colorants due to unwanted results

11-Apr-2011 - Procter and Gamble has recalled ten shades of its Clairol Natural Instincts products with immediate effect, stating that some of the kits may produce an unwanted color result.

Ethical sourcing event highlights importance of biodiversity for beauty companies

25-Mar-2011 - Consumer awareness of biodiversity continues to grow making it an issue the beauty industry cannot ignore, according to the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), whose upcoming conference will focus on...

French cosmetics trade association defends hair dye safety

24-Mar-2011 - Febea, France’s cosmetics trade association, has defended the safety of hair dyes that was called into question by the consumer magazine ‘60 Millions de Consommateurs’.

Procter & Gamble commits to LEED certification for new plants

23-Mar-2011 - P&G says that it will strive to certify all new production facilities according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifcation standards.

Contract manufacturer Lendan secures ISO certification

23-Mar-2011 - Leading European contract manufacturer Lendan claims to be the first Spanish cosmetics player to receive ISO 22716 certification.

Cosmetics firm warned by FDA for drug-like marketing claims

15-Mar-2011 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent out a warning letter to a US cosmetics firm for its supposedly drug-like marketing claims.

UEBT and NaTrue attempt to heighten ethical sourcing awareness

11-Mar-2011 - The Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) and NaTrue have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help raise awareness of the importance of naturally sourced cosmetics products and the ethical...

FDA urged to work with OSHA to determine safe levels of formaldehyde

10-Mar-2011 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been urged to work together with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to establish if hair smoothing treatments emit unsafe...

Competition over US natural and organic standards intensifies

09-Mar-2011 - As three leading certification players vie to dominate the US market for natural and organic cosmetic products, competition is set to hot up in tandem with market growth.

Industry is ‘divided’ by proliferation of natural standards

09-Mar-2011 - The huge rise in the number of international and regional standards for organic and natural cosmetics in Europe is leading to confusion and division, according to market researcher Organic Monitor.

Brazilian Blowout drops lawsuit in formaldehyde fiasco

07-Mar-2011 - Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that the makers of the Brazilian Blowout hair straightening treatment, has dropped the lawsuit against the Oregon agency.

COSMOS organic and natural standard open for certification

25-Feb-2011 - The COSMOS organic and natural standard for cosmetics products, developed by five of Europe’s biggest standard bodies, is now open for applications.

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