policy & regulation

06 Jun 2023
--- UK’s new Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with Australia and New Zealand (NZ) have entered into force, with specific cosmetics trade benefits between the two countries. This marks the first deals negotiated “from... Read More
02 Jun 2023
--- The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published its fifth report on the use of alternatives to testing on animals for the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation. It finds... Read More
30 May 2023
--- As delegates descend upon Paris, France, to negotiate a legally binding global treaty on plastic pollution, the Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty convened by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and the World... Read More
29 May 2023
--- European citizens are pushing back at an EU directive to bring back animal testing for cosmetics ingredients, in a move that would reverse a ban on the practice that has lasted more than a decade. New research in the field... Read More
10 May 2023
--- The Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) is stating that animal testing on cosmetic products is not being reintroduced in the UK. This comes after various organizations and media suspect the government of... Read More
09 May 2023
--- EU’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has deemed HC Blue 18 (Colipa No. B122) safe for hair dye use.
14 Apr 2023
--- The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is proposing to add eight substances to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Authorisation List due to their adverse effects on the health and... Read More
11 Apr 2023
--- The Washington State Senate has passed a restrictive legislation to ban per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals”), lead, phthalates, formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers,... Read More
06 Apr 2023
--- The European Commission (EC) is now waiting for the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) committees to submit their evaluations of the proposed restriction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
05 Apr 2023
--- The Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MoCRA) was passed last December and is now providing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with new authorities. This law is expected to ensure the safety of cosmetic... Read More
03 Apr 2023
--- An alliance of 16 organizations representing consumer-facing economic operators, such as The International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association (NATRUE), the European Cosmetics Responsible Person Association (ERPA) and... Read More
27 Mar 2023
--- A coalition of various European industry representatives – not limited to personal care and cosmetics – have issued a warning that online sellers may escape the EU’s new product sustainability and health... Read More
24 Mar 2023
--- The European Commission’s (EC) scientific advisory board, Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), has released its final opinion on the use of hydroxyapatite (nano) in oral cosmetic products.
22 Mar 2023
--- New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is revising its cosmetics regulation to align with European Union’s (EU) policy approach and extend consumer protection. It is also proposing to ban the use... Read More
21 Mar 2023
--- The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) reveals it expects the European Commission (EC) to present the Green Claims Directive (GCD) tomorrow – dubbed a much-awaited law that seeks to crack down on greenwashing. This... Read More
20 Mar 2023
--- A study inspecting heavy metal impurities of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury in cosmetic products has been carried out by the UK national regulator, Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS), in hopes of... Read More
13 Mar 2023
--- Last week, the Biden administration released the US budget for the fiscal year 2024, taking action to lower health care costs, clean energy and prescription drugs, promote greater competition to lower costs and address... Read More
13 Mar 2023
--- The US state of Washington is addressing consumer gender discrimination via a bill passed in the Senate. It aims to prohibit price differences in goods or services based on the gender of the consumers for whom the products... Read More
03 Mar 2023
--- UK prime minister Rishi Sunak and president of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen have made a “decisive breakthrough” by introducing the Windsor Framework, resulting from the changes made to the... Read More
27 Feb 2023
--- The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has identified diphenyl (2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl) phosphine oxide (TPO) as a substance of very high concern and “will become prohibited as a cosmetic ingredient,” according to... Read More