News Briefs

The FDA Globalization Act of 2008

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce is proposing legislation entitled “The FDA Globalization Act of 2008.” The legislation intent is to stimulate discussion about ways to provide adequate funding for the FDA and contains several provisions that are sure to impact the cosmetics industry. The most important changes related to cosmetics would be:

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REACH Update

REACH legislation is evolving all the time, as is its effect on our industry. Big changes will be coming over the next few years, so make sure to keep up to date. REACH applies to all chemicals that are marketed or manufactured in the European Union, with few exceptions. Cosmetics, beauty and personal care products

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Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association (CTFA) changes its name to “Personal Care Products Council” (PCPC)

The PCPC (previously CTFA) is a beauty, cosmetic and personal care of association comprised of more than 600 member companies. They changed their name in November, 2007, but this organization continues to focus on providing easy to understand, science-based information for consumers, scientists, manufacturers and the media. More info: www.PersonalCareCouncil.org

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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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