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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.

News in brief

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.

European Commission bans ‘health hazard’ fragrance

22-Feb-2011 - The European Commission has announced its decision to ban the fragrance material musk xylene under the new European Chemicals Legislation REACH because of its potential effects on the environment.

NSF wades into natural standard debate

21-Feb-2011 - NSF International has voiced its views on its partnership with Natrue and responded to the Natural Products Association’s (NPA) claims that the collaboration is confusing.

Revlon reports net sales increase for Q4 and 2010

17-Feb-2011 - Global cosmetics firm Revlon announced its fourth quarter and year results, reporting an overall increase in net sales despite problematic currency fluctuations in Latin America.

New regulation to affect suppliers of UV-cured inks and varnish

16-Feb-2011 - Switzerland has introduced new regulation regarding the potential migration of potentially toxic substances used in UV-cured inks and lacquers for cosmetics packaging.

Combining preservatives can help lower use level and allergy risk

15-Feb-2011 - Using preservatives in combination can help reduce the dose needed and therefore the development of contact allergies that may be associated with them.

Steps taken towards global definition of ‘natural’ cosmetics

11-Feb-2011 - Natrue has taken steps towards a globally recognised definition for the use of the term natural in personal care products by partnering with US certifier NSF International.

Webinar tackles next phase of REACH compliance

04-Feb-2011 - International law firm Steptoe & Johnson has scheduled a webinar that aims to address all areas regarding compliance with phase two of the REACH legislation.