Regulation & Safety

India first in South Asia to implement animal testing ban

India first in South Asia to implement animal testing ban

By Michelle Yeomans

India has become the first country in South Asia to ban animal testing after the Bureau of Indian Standards approved the removal of any mention of animal tests from the country’s cosmetics standard on Friday.

Environmental standard introduced to ease Oz consumers’ concerns

Environmental standard introduced to ease Oz consumers’ concerns

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Not-for-profit organisation Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has released a new environmental standard for personal care and cosmetics products to ease consumer concerns over the use of palm oil, toxic chemicals and greenwashing.

Mercury laden cosmetics becomes a major issue in the Philippines

Mercury laden cosmetics becomes a major issue in the Philippines

By Michelle Yeomans

Public interest group the EcoWaste Coalition, has announced to its dismay, that despite efforts to rid the Philippine markets of mercury laden cosmetics, the toxic products continue to be sold in many stores in Manila and Cubao in Quezon City.

Understanding Asia’s different regulations...

Understanding Asia’s different regulations...

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Market entry in Asia is often a stumbling block for many and can present cosmetic companies with a number of obstacles to overcome due to different regulatory requirements. Here Cosmetics Design takes a look at some of the main markets and the different...

India a concern as more fake cosmetics are seized

India a concern as more fake cosmetics are seized

By Michelle Yeomans

The Indian markets have become a concern of late as Authorities announce they have seized more fake cosmetics within just weeks of them uncovering a vast amount in raids at two cosmetics godowns in Nageshwar Colony.

Authorities make registration process easier for the industry

Authorities make registration process easier for the industry

By Michelle Yeomans

The State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform (SCPSR) has made the registration process easier for the cosmetics industry in that it has developed a new organisation structure of the reformed FDA authority in China.

More fake cosmetics seized in India

More fake cosmetics seized in India

By Michelle Yeomans

A team of Patna police, alongwith Hindustan Unilever Limited ( HUL) officials, have seized more fake cosmetics of well known brands worth Rs 10 lakh at raids at two cosmetics godowns in Nageshwar Colony.

EU Scientific Committee adopts opinion on UV filter

EU Scientific Committee adopts opinion on UV filter

By Michelle Yeomans

An opinion on the use of nanoscale 2,2’-methylene-bis-(6(2H-benotriazol-2-yl)-4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol) (MBBT) as a UV filter in cosmetics and sunscreen has been adopted by the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety.

US bill to give FDA authority to set safety standards for cosmetics

US bill to give FDA authority to set safety standards for cosmetics

By Michelle Yeomans

Representatives of congress have introduced the 'Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act', which they propose will close major loopholes in the federal law that currently allows companies to use ingredients in cosmetics known to damage...

2013 sees Asia take strides towards eliminating animal testing

2013 sees Asia take strides towards eliminating animal testing

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

With less than a week to go until the ban on selling animal-tested cosmetics in the EU, it appears that it has influenced several markets in Asia, with Korea, India and Japan all seeing instances of following suit in 2013 so far.

Pangea receives PETA award for pulling out of China market

Pangea receives PETA award for pulling out of China market

By Simon Pitman

Many international cosmetic makers are faced with ethical questions over whether or not to be present in the China market because of animal testing requirements. Pangea Organics chose not to stay, and has been commended for this.

Fake cosmetics acting as top brands seized in India

Fake cosmetics acting as top brands seized in India

By Michelle Yeomans

Authorities have raided and seized fake products in three cosmetics outlets in Patna worth Rs 10 lakh, to which they say were being openly sold under the names of top cosmetic brands.

Philippines FDA issues draft GHS rules for cosmetics

Philippines FDA issues draft GHS rules for cosmetics

By Michelle Yeomans

The Philippines Food and Drug Administration has issued a draft administrative order to outline the application, classification and labeling requirements of cosmetic products and other chemicals.

China imposes anti-dumping duties on US and EU chemicals

China imposes anti-dumping duties on US and EU chemicals

By Michelle Yeomans

China has imposed anti-dumping duties on the imports of two chemicals widely used as coupling agents for water-based coatings present in cosmetics and other consumer goods from the US and the European Union.

Indian actress wades in on animal testing debate

Indian actress wades in on animal testing debate

By Simon Pitman

Animal testing on cosmetics is becoming a hot topic in India, as veteran actress Debasree Roy joins a campaign to fight against it and adds to a growing chorus of protests.

Governments at UN forum agree on treaty to tackle mercury emissions

Governments at UN forum agree on treaty to tackle mercury emissions

By Michelle Yeomans

After meeting at a UN forum last week, global governments have agreed on the first legally binding, global treaty to tackle mercury pollution after a recent UNEP report revealed that emissions were on the up particularly in Africa, Asia and South America.

China SFDA labelling guidelines to come into effect in July

China SFDA labelling guidelines to come into effect in July

By Michelle Yeomans

China’s SFDA has notified the world trade organization that there are two new regulations for cosmetic labeling and product instruction, which are to come into place in the region on the 1st of July 2013.

Korean Consumer Agency finds high mercury levels in cosmetics

Korean Consumer Agency finds high mercury levels in cosmetics

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

At a time when mercury emission in consumer products has gone under the spotlight, a Korean consumer watchdog has highlighted the high levels of the toxic chemical found in some whitening cosmetics imported from China.

China SFDA updates technical safety cosmetics standard

China SFDA updates technical safety cosmetics standard

By Michelle Yeomans

The State Food and Drug Administration responsible for evaluating the safety and labelling of cosmetics has issued a comment letter on its’ updated Technical Safety Standard (draft 2012) which will replace the regulation of Hygienic Standard for Cosmetics...

Philippines FDA updates list of banned mercury-laden cosmetics

Philippines FDA updates list of banned mercury-laden cosmetics

By Michelle Yeomans

The Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of banned cosmetics featuring mercury has expanded from 50 to 71, after the illegal products were discovered over the period of January 2010 to November of this year.  

Bali Monitoring Agency cracks down on illegal cosmetics

Bali Monitoring Agency cracks down on illegal cosmetics

By Michelle Yeomans

The Bali National Drug and Food Monitoring Agency (BPOM) is warning consumers to be more cautious when buying cosmetics after finding in a recent operation, a large number of illegal traditional beauty products.

Don’t be silly… lipstick won’t affect your IQ

Don’t be silly… lipstick won’t affect your IQ

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

After recent studies into the safety of cosmetics products found traces of lead in lipsticks, questions have arisen over whether these products can affect your mental health.

Australian scientists call for longer skin tests in sunscreen

Australian scientists call for longer skin tests in sunscreen

By Michelle Yeomans

According to a team of scientists at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, despite previous research finding that nanoparticles do not penetrate the skin, it remains debatable as to whether this remains true under normal...

CTPA reiterates cosmetics safety

CTPA reiterates cosmetics safety

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Despite media reports implying that some natural alternatives to ingredients used in personal care products are safer, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association has once again spoken out about cosmetics safety.