US And Trading Neighbors Advocate Risk-Based, Science-Backed Cosmetics Regs
As European industry’s concerns grow about “politicization” of regulatory programs, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s cosmetics annex directs regulatory authorities pursuing new rules to give due consideration to scientific and technical guidance documents developed through international collaboration.
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New Hope Network postponed Natural Products Expo West trade show due to coronavirus; NPA supports Accurate Labels Act; American Health Packaging recalls OTC ranitidine; and FDA seeks input on topics for upcoming International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation meeting.
Canada has agreed to end its practice of quarantining and retesting certain cosmetic-OTC drug products from the US, as part of a cosmetics-specific annex to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “There will be a very significant and immediate benefit to US exporters of OTC products to Canada,” a Personal Care Products Council exec said.