Top Stories Of 2014: Consumer Trust Sought With Legislation Still Absent
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
“The Rose Sheet” offers an overview of the year in cosmetics, analyzing 2014’s biggest news and the publication’s most-read stories. Notable happenings in 2014 included FDA’s rejection of an industry proposal for updating cosmetics oversight in the U.S., which has left cosmetics firms working to bolster consumer trust in an environment marked by increasing class litigation and calls for ingredient bans.
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The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance, formed by NSF International and major retailers including Walmart and Walgreens earlier this year, is developing a GMP standard for cosmetic products based on ISO 22716, FDA guidance and “retailer requirements.” That standard will follow one for dietary supplements, targeted for launch in early 2015.
Prospects for the developing draft bill are optimistic given the California democratic senator’s reputation for working “effectively across the aisle” and her receptivity to both industry and NGO stakeholders. Janet Nudelman, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, says the legislation will pick up where negotiations between FDA and industry left off earlier in 2014.