Regulation & Safety

EC responds on CMR carcinogens ban in cosmetics

EC responds on CMR carcinogens ban in cosmetics

By Lucy Whitehouse

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.

EU ban on carcinogenic substances up for debate

EU ban on carcinogenic substances up for debate

By Lucy Whitehouse

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.

Animal testing: inquiry launched into EU bodies' statement

Animal testing: inquiry launched into EU bodies' statement

By Lucy Whitehouse

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, joint advice of two European bodies.

Bulldog speaks out in support of UK microbead ban

Bulldog speaks out in support of UK microbead ban

By Lucy Whitehouse

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, set to come into force from 2017.

Microbeads: UK government announces ban

Microbeads: UK government announces ban

By Lucy Whitehouse

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 from sale by the end of 2017.

EC ban on MIT preservative in leave-on cosmetics approved

EC ban on MIT preservative in leave-on cosmetics approved

By Lucy Whitehouse

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 wet wipes.

Louboutin wins Russian counterfeit cosmetics case

Louboutin wins Russian counterfeit cosmetics case

By Lucy Whitehouse

Christian Louboutin has won a lawsuit against four Russian companies for selling imitation Louboutin fragrances, granting the French company injunctive relief to prevent the rivals selling the products in question.

Brexit and the UK cosmetics industry: a view from CTPA

Guest article

Brexit and the UK cosmetics industry: a view from CTPA

By CTPA

In this guest article, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) outlines what the Brexit vote means for the UK cosmetics industry and how companies should be responding.

China gearing up to ban repackaged cosmetics?

China gearing up to ban repackaged cosmetics?

By Lucy Whitehouse

China looks set to ban the sale of repackaged cosmetics, according to industry commentators, a move which will shut down the widespread practice of repackaging and remarketing products in the country.

Indian brand launches campaign against skin whitening

Indian brand launches campaign against skin whitening

By Lucy Whitehouse

Banjara’s, a herbal skin care brand in India, has launched a marketing campaign that makes a point of rejecting the traditional focus on skin lightening, a trend which dominates across Asia.

New skin lightening ingredient passes safety tests

New skin lightening ingredient passes safety tests

By Lucy Whitehouse

Specialty chemicals firm Sirona Biochem has announced that its new skin lightening compound has recently gone through safety and efficacy testing that has brought the innovation a major step closer towards licensing.

World Perfumery Congress returns to Florida next month

World Perfumery Congress returns to Florida next month

By Deanna Utroske

For three days in June the WPC will convene in Miami Beach with a focus on sustainability and a full program of presentations, education, networking opportunities, and dozens of exhibiting fragrance suppliers.  

Denmark pushes for microbead ban in Europe

Denmark pushes for microbead ban in Europe

By Simon Pitman

Denmark is adding to pressure on the European Parliament to take decisive action over the outlawing of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products sold in the EU.

J&J under pressure to prove product safety in India

J&J under pressure to prove product safety in India

By Lucy Whitehouse

Johnson & Johnson is facing pressure in India after losing two recent high-profile lawsuits in the US from women who blame its talcum products for their development of ovarian cancer.

Cruelty Free International publishes REACH guide

Cruelty Free International publishes REACH guide

By Simon Pitman

Animal rights group Cruelty Free International has published a guide aiming to help cosmetics and personal care companies comply with REACH regulations on animal-free testing.

J&J loses again

J&J loses again

By Deanna Utroske

This week the consumer packaged goods company was order to pay millions to yet another woman who developed ovarian cancer following use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products.

Body Wraps Facebook ad branded ‘misleading’ over slimming claims

Body Wraps Facebook ad branded ‘misleading’ over slimming claims

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A Facebook advert for Body Wraps Berkshire has been told not to reappear again in its current form after the UK advertising watchdog said it lacked evidence that the beauty practice was responsible for the ‘slimming’ effect that it claimed.