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Ryan Nelson

Executive Editor

Washington, D.C.
Ryan Nelson is managing editor of Informa’s Rose Sheet and the head of its cosmetics content channel, with particular expertise in evolving regulatory and legal issues. He’s been covering FDA-regulated industries for going on 15 years, previously reporting for the Gray Sheet (now Medtech Insight) where he handled beats including Capitol Hill and Emerging Technology. He began his career teaching English Literature to 9th grade boys at a private boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a role he misses only occasionally. Ryan is based in Informa’s Washington, D.C. office.
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Endocrine Disruptors, The European Green Deal And The Politicization Of EU Chemical Programs

John Chave, director-general at Cosmetics Europe, says the European Commission’s plan for targeted assessment of 28 potential endocrine-disruptors in cosmetics – despite its conclusion in late 2018 that the current cosmetics regulatory framework adequately addresses endocrine-disruptor concerns – is symptomatic of a broad trend taking hold in Europe.

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EU’s Cosmetic Microplastic Restriction Expected To Be ‘Very Wide-Ranging’ At Best

Cosmetics Europe’s Director-General John Chave discusses next steps in the European Union’s proposed drive to ban manufactured microplastic in all cosmetic products. Industry continues to fight for something more proportionate, but it’s up against powerful forces in today’s European theater.

Europe Cosmetic Ingredients

No To Grapefruit Mask? Natural Player Yes To, Inc. Issues Recall Following ‘Chemical Burn’ Reports

Yes To is investigating reports – including posts on leading social media platforms – regarding irritation and redness experienced by children and other users of its Yes To Grapefruit Glow-Boosting Unicorn Paper Mask. In the meantime, the company is recalling the product voluntarily.

United States Recalls

Federal Court Stays Class Action Against CBD Firm Green Roads To Await FDA Rulemaking

Plaintiffs against Florida-based Green Roads used certificates of analysis the company makes freely available to consumers to determine that batches of two of the company’s products contained “significantly” less cannabidiol versus labeled amounts. A Florida federal court rejected the firm’s motion to dismiss, but it is interested in seeing how FDA rulemaking develops.

United States Legal Issues

Buckle Up, Industry: EWG Finds ‘4 Million Asbestos Fiber Structures’ In Makeup For Young Girls

US House Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone took note on 16 January of the Environmental Working Group’s finding of asbestos contamination in a “Princess” makeup set intended for young girls. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-MI, will speak to the test results first, pushing her own legislation that would require asbestos testing of talc-containing children’s cosmetics in accordance with preferred methods.
United States Standards

Colgate’s Tom’s Of Maine Back In Federal Court Over ‘Natural’ Claims

Tom's natural claims on toothpastes and deodorants are false and misleading, a plaintiff alleges in a proposed class action filed in Massachusetts federal court. Similar to previous complaints against Colgate/Tom’s, the plaintiff’s case is premised on the contention that “natural,” as opposed to “100% natural,” means no synthetic ingredients.

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