Doug Schoon

U.S. House of Representatives Fails to Develop Nanotech Safety Research Plan

A subcommittee chaired by Representative Brian Baird has failed to develop a detailed plan for assessing the environmental and health impact posed by nanotechnology. “I am generally puzzled why more progress has not been made to develop this research strategy… necessary for successful development of nanotechnology.”  click to read more of this article At the […]

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FDA and European Commission to Work More Closely on Animal Testing Alternatives

An agreement struck between the FDA and EC will allow better coordination between these two groups so they finish the peer review validation of alternative animal tests for cosmetics and personal care products. The agreement reached on November 9 at the Trans Economic Council meeting will help speed up the process, which is especially important

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China’s Cosmetic Blacklist

The Chinese Ministry of Health blacklisted 10 domestic cosmetics alleging that they contain ingredients which discolor and injure skin. The ingredient “dexamethasone” initially shows beneficial improvement to skin but over time can cause it to become thin, dry and develop rashes. The ingredient was found in nine types of lotions, essences and masque produced by

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Global Cosmetic Harmonization: Will it Become a Reality?

A gathering of regulatory organizations and trade associations in Brussels (September 26-28) could lead to regulatory harmonization in the beauty, cosmetic and personal care industry, at least that’s the goal of the “International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulations” (ICCR). Topics under discussion include good manufacturing practices, animal testing alternatives, ingredient regulations and nanotechnology. Participants claim the

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