Regulation & Safety

Hair dyes and cosmetics meet safety standards in China says AQSIQ

Hair dyes and cosmetics meet safety standards in China says AQSIQ

By Andrew McDougall

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) in China has released the results of its study into hair dyes and cosmetics in the market, and has found that all those surveyed meet the national and industrial standards.

Nanotechnology

European Commission holds third edition of nanomaterial safety meeting

By Michelle Yeomans

In a joint effort to address safety issues and regulatory challenges in nanomaterials, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and co-ordinators of four European FP7 projects has hosted another meeting to trigger discussion and networking...

CIQ sets down rules for importing cosmetic samples in China

CIQ sets down rules for importing cosmetic samples in China

By Michelle Yeomans

After announcing cosmetic companies were no longer required to obtain a CIQ label on imported cosmetics for China in March, the Shanghai Exit-Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has now set down specific guidelines to be implemented from the 1st July....

European and US regulations – a world apart. For now…

European and US regulations – a world apart. For now…

By Andrew McDougall

Different cultures, various definitions and a global market make it difficult for regulation of cosmetic products in Europe and the US to properly align, but strides are being taken in order to sufficiently protect consumers around the world.

EU is ‘under the gun’ to validate alternative methods, says industry expert

Voice of the Industry

EU is ‘under the gun’ to validate alternative methods, says industry expert

By Michelle Yeomans

In this first edition of ‘Voice of the Industry’, a new series to the Cosmetics Design sites, we sat down with renowned toxicologist Dr. Jim McKim after his presentation at in-cosmetics in Barcelona to discuss what shift the industry has seen in its quest...

FDA draft guidance urges manufacturers to substantiate product safety

FDA draft guidance urges manufacturers to substantiate product safety

By Andrew McDougall

The US Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidelines on the safety of nanomaterials in cosmetic products, urging manufacturers to meet with it before incorporating the ingredients into formulations, to substantiate the product’s safety.

Nail care manufacturers warned over mislabelling of toxic chemicals

Nail care manufacturers warned over mislabelling of toxic chemicals

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A study from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has fired a warning shot to manufacturers of nail care products claiming that many nail care products contain toxic chemicals even though their labels claim otherwise.

EU to put Roche’s animal testing alternative through its paces

EU to put Roche’s animal testing alternative through its paces

By Michelle Yeomans

The European Union has announced it is to put Roche’s xCELLigence System, an alternative animal testing technology through the paces as part of its SEURAT (Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing) initiative to see if it can be safely applied...

US Congress to take a look at toxic chemicals in cosmetics

US Congress to take a look at toxic chemicals in cosmetics

By Andrew McDougall

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has called the first official Congressional hearing on cosmetics safety in more than 30 years following recent debates over the levels of certain ‘toxic’ chemicals present in cosmetic products.

L’Oreal ups the animal testing alternative ante with EPA investment

L’Oreal ups the animal testing alternative ante with EPA investment

By Andrew McDougall

The US Environmental Protection Agency received $1.2 million in private sector research funding from global cosmetic company L’Oreal in a bid to determine if EPA’s chemical toxicity forecaster (ToxCast) can be used in systemic toxicity tests and replace...

CIRS to host webinar on SFDA regulation of cosmetics in China

CIRS to host webinar on SFDA regulation of cosmetics in China

By Michelle Yeomans

The Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service has announced it will host a webinar on the 18th April on the latest updates regarding the China State Food and Drug Administration registration of cosmetics in China.

Research links ‘contact dermatitis’ to cosmetic ingredients

Research links ‘contact dermatitis’ to cosmetic ingredients

By Michelle Yeomans

Spanish scientists at Valencia’s University Hospital have uncovered a link between contact dermatitis and cosmetics. Allergens found to be most responsible were methylisothiazolinone (19 per cent), paraphenylenediamine (15.2 per cent), and fragrance mixtures...

EU Commission proposes exemption to animal testing ban

EU Commission proposes exemption to animal testing ban

By Michelle Yeomans

The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) has issued a statement suggesting that the European Commission is likely to propose an exemption to the animal testing ban for products that contain "significant added value".