Regulation & Safety

University of Karachi sets up dedicated Halal product testing lab

University of Karachi sets up dedicated Halal product testing lab

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

The University of Karachi’s (UoK) International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), has turned its attention to dedicated testing of Halal cosmetics and other Halal products by setting up a special laboratory at its Industrial Analytical...

Korean authorities crack down on counterfeit facial masks

Korean authorities crack down on counterfeit facial masks

By Michelle Yeomans

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has seized more than 100,000 counterfeit products of the well-known face mask brand; ‘Leaders Insolution’ from a Chinese-owned factory, close to the border of North Korea. 

'Brands MUST stay out of China in order to speed up change,' says HSI

Part II

'Brands MUST stay out of China in order to speed up change,' says HSI

By Michelle Yeomans

Yesterday, Cosmetics Design spoke to Alain Khaiat about cosmetic brands opting out of China over animal testing. On his advice that the bigger players ‘cannot afford not to be present’, the HSI disagrees, claiming that on the contrary, brands can and...

Can cosmetic brands afford to opt out of China over animal testing?

Can cosmetic brands afford to opt out of China over animal testing?

By Michelle Yeomans

While the ruling to end mandatory animal testing for most cosmetics in China came as good news on June 30 - the law only refers to domestic firms, meaning international ‘cruelty free’ brands were faced with having to go against company policy or miss...

ASEAN cosmetics committee updates safety bill

ASEAN cosmetics committee updates safety bill

By Michelle Yeomans

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Cosmetics Committee has agreed to new regulations on cosmetics in a bill that will improve consumer safety and crack down on misleading advertising.

Raw milk bath product recalled following toddler’s death

Raw milk bath product recalled following toddler’s death

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Having been linked with a toddler’s death in Victoria and a number of other cases of illness in young children, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alerting consumers that Mountain View Farm Organic Bath Milk has been recalled. 

China cosmetics rank high in chemical risk list

China cosmetics rank high in chemical risk list

By Michelle Yeomans

China has 'once again' been named the front-runner of a "hit list" of dangerous products, according to the German Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (Baua).

Kanebo skin whiteners receive 14 more lawsuits

Kanebo skin whiteners receive 14 more lawsuits

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Several reports claim that 14 women in central Japan filed a lawsuit on Monday with the Nagoya District Court seeking upwards of 100 million yen in damages from Kanebo Cosmetics, saying their skin broke out in white blotches after using the company's...

Unilever pledges to phase out microbeads in Australia

Unilever pledges to phase out microbeads in Australia

By Lucy Whitehouse

On the back of Australian government’s ongoing push to reduce and eventually eliminate microbeads in its waters, Unilever has pledged to crack down on their presence in its products.

IBR gains Australian patent for anti-ageing Snowflake ingredient

IBR gains Australian patent for anti-ageing Snowflake ingredient

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Natural active ingredient supplier IBR has been given a boost in its quest to penetrate the Eastern markets after it was granted a patent for its IBR-Snowflake product in Australia, to go with the one it has already picked up in China.

Australia makes its move on microbead phase out

Australia makes its move on microbead phase out

By Michelle Yeomans

Australia’s hygiene, cosmetic and speciality products industry body 'Accord' has pledged to phase out the use of polyethylene microbeads in cosmetics by the end of 2017.

New study links triclosan to liver cancer in mice

New study links triclosan to liver cancer in mice

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Triclosan has been under scrutiny in the cosmetics industry for a number of years, and now a new study has linked it with liver cancer in laboratory mice. While not dismissing the study, industry says cosmetics products are still safe and a full assessment...

P&G ad criticized for slight against Unilever product

P&G ad criticized for slight against Unilever product

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Procter & Gamble’s Olay Sensitive Body Wash has been recommended to drop print and online ad claims that Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash is ‘harsh’ after brand owner Unilever complained to the National Advertising Division.

Triclosan concern spreads to Asia...

Triclosan concern spreads to Asia...

By Michelle Yeomans

Colgate’s Total toothpaste was found to contain triclosan on the US market last week. Now, more of the brand's products have been found to contain the same chemical alongside other personal care giants in Hong Kong.

Is fragrance allergy partly psychosomatic?

Is fragrance allergy partly psychosomatic?

By Simon Pitman

Scientists in the US have been conducting research that suggests some individuals with allergic reactions to smell may be caused by what they think they smell, rather than the actual scent.

IBR confirms it is up to date with China FDA IECIC

IBR confirms it is up to date with China FDA IECIC

By Michelle Yeomans

Following China’s FDA publishing a final version of Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredient in China, natural active supplier IBR has announced all of its ingredients are now fully compliant.

Australia Dept of Health moves to ban DBP in cosmetics

Australia Dept of Health moves to ban DBP in cosmetics

By Michelle Yeomans

DBP, used as a perfume solvent, skin emollient or plasticiser in nail polish could be banned as soon as October 1st in Australia, due to its’ classification as a reproductive toxicant.