Safe Cosmetics Act 2011 targets tighter industry regulation
27-Jun-2011 By Pooja Kondhia
Loopholes within the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act have resulted in a largely unregulated cosmetics industry; the vast majority of approximately 12,500 chemicals in use by the $50 billion cosmetics industry have never been assessed for safety.
21-Jun-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 risk of skin cancer and aging.
BUAV launches online resource to source non-animal tested cosmetics
10-Jun-2011 By Simon Pitman
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 By Andrew McDougall
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.
Urtekram supports ECEAE’s campaign to outlaw animal testing
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 By Simon Pitman
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 fully available.
French parliament backs ban on plastic chemicals and parabens in cosmetics
06-May-2011 By Andrew McDougall
Phthalate chemicals used in plastics and paraben preservatives in cosmetic manufacturing could be banned following a vote from the French National Assembly.
20-Apr-2011 By Katie Bird
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 current safety requirements.
P&G extends Clairol hair color recall
18-Apr-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 to 12.
Hazard alert released as formaldehyde furor continues
15-Apr-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Andrew McDougall
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.
P&G voluntarily recalls Clairol hair colorants due to unwanted results
11-Apr-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Katie Bird
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 the subject.
French cosmetics trade association defends hair dye safety
24-Mar-2011 By Katie Bird
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’.
Contract manufacturer Lendan secures ISO certification
23-Mar-2011 By Simon Pitman
Leading European contract manufacturer Lendan claims to be the first Spanish cosmetics player to receive ISO 22716 certification.
Procter & Gamble commits to LEED certification for new plants
23-Mar-2011 By Simon Pitman
P&G says that it will strive to certify all new production facilities according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifcation standards.
Cosmetics firm warned by FDA for drug-like marketing claims
15-Mar-2011 By Katie Bird
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 trade in natural ingredients derived from biodiversity.
FDA urged to work with OSHA to determine safe levels of formaldehyde
10-Mar-2011 By Andrew McDougall
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 levels of formaldehyde, given the industry outcry over the...
Competition over US natural and organic standards intensifies
09-Mar-2011 By Simon Pitman
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
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Katie Bird
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Andrew McDougall
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.
16-Feb-2011 By Katie Bird
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 By Katie Bird
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 By Andrew McDougall
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 By Simon Pitman
International law firm Steptoe & Johnson has scheduled a webinar that aims to address all areas regarding compliance with phase two of the REACH legislation.
New ISO standard gauges nano-toxicity risks
31-Jan-2011 By Rory Harrington
New guidelines from the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) have been published in a bid to help key industry players assess the possible risks presented by the burgeoning growth of nano-based products.
Clariant claims to take a leading role in REACH compliance
21-Jan-2011 By Simon Pitman
Switzerland-based fine chemicals specialist Clariant says it has taken a leading role in the Phase One REACH compliance and is aiming for the same with Phase Two.
CIT joins ingredients testing project ‘ScreenTox’
20-Jan-2011 By Gareth Macdonald
French contract research organisation CIT will work on in vitro toxicity testing for cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredients as the newest member of the European ‘ScreenTox’ network.
BUAV launches campaign to highlight animal testing
18-Jan-2011 By Simon Pitman
The BUAV launches a new campaign following the EU’s announcement that may extend the deadline to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
European safety committee to comment on nitrosamines in cosmetics
13-Jan-2011 By Katie Bird
The European Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) has been asked to provide an opinion on the presence of potentially carcinogenic contaminants in cosmetic products.
Industry cannot win on the question of animal testing
05-Jan-2011 By Katie Bird
In 2011 the cosmetics industry will find itself between a rock and a hard place when it comes to phasing out animal testing, a process that has been underway for many years.
French authorities pull hair straightening treatments with high formaldehyde levels
04-Jan-2011 By Katie Bird
France’s health authority (Afsapps) has warned consumers and hairdressers against the use of hair straightening treatments that contain high levels of formaldehyde, and removed a number of products from the market.