FDA urged to work with OSHA to determine safe levels of formaldehyde
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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.