HBA regulatory summit expands to cover certification

By Guy Montague-Jones

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The HBA regulatory summit is expanding its reach into certification this year to reflect the recent emergence of American organic and natural labeling bodies.

In its third year the conference has been renamed the HBA Safety, Regulatory and Certification Summit to reflect this broader scope.

Organic certification boom

Several organic certification bodies have sprung up in the US in the past year prompting Meyer Rosen, the chief scientific adviser for the HBA Global Expo, to invite two speakers to advise manufacturers on organic labeling.

They will equip delegates with an understanding of certified organic regulations and help them choose an appropriate standard for their company.

A total of 15 international experts drawn from the FDA and the Personal Care Products Council together with lawyers, consultants and business leaders will speak at the event to keep beauty professionals abreast with the shifting regulatory landscape.

Product evolution and regulation

Confusion and misunderstanding is caused not only by changing regulations but also by the emergence of a new generation of cosmetics.

More and more beauty products blur the boundaries between cosmetics, food and pharmaceuticals, leaving companies unsure of their regulatory position.

On this theme, Vasilios H. Frankos, the director of the division of dietary supplement programs at the FDA, will kick off the summit with a talk on how FDA regulations on dietary supplements relate to the cosmetics industry.

In a related talk, the vice president of EAS Consulting Group, Elizabeth J. Campbell, will discuss labeling for beauty foods from a regulatory perspective.

Global regulations

Another major topic to be covered at the conference will be the impact of European regulations such as REACH on US manufacturers.

Among the speakers covering the theme is the CEO of International Cosmetics & Regulatory Specialists, Janet Winter Blaschke who will give a talk entitled ‘Regulation ping pong: From California to the EU and back again… harder.’

Conference organizer Meyer Rosen told CosmeticsDesign.com that the talk will discuss how regulations introduced in one geographical area will be examined and improved upon in another.

The dialectic perspective can be compared to ping pong where a strong serve may be sent back faster and smarter creating in the case of regulation a continual process of improvement.

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