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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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United States Cosmetic Ingredients

FDA’s Cannabidiol Crackdown: What Do Warning Letters Say About CBD In Cosmetics?

Cannabidiol (CBD) represents an intriguing opportunity for cosmetics, without the statutory obstacles faced by food and dietary supplement companies. Cosmetics marketers are taking advantage, but the FDA’s recent warning letter blitz is a reminder that CBD-infused beauty products are bound by the same rules that apply to other cosmetics.

FDA Enforcement

US House Cosmetics Hearing: Preemption, FDA Ingredient Review Could Be Regulatory Reform Snags

Federal preemption of state and local requirements that differ from federal mandates came up repeatedly at the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee’s 4 December cosmetics hearing. Meanwhile, both NGO and industry stakeholders generally support FDA review of cosmetic ingredients, but the details of such a framework likely will be contentious as work progresses.

United States Beauty

House Energy & Commerce Chair Pallone Highlights Proposed Reform Bills Ahead Of Cosmetics Hearing

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone underscores FDA’s lack of resources and insufficient “regulatory tools” in a memo to Health Subcommittee members going into a 4 December hearing on cosmetics safety issues. The committee’s last hearing on the subject was in 2012 when Pallone unveiled the first version of his Cosmetics Safety Enhancement Act.

United States Beauty

FDA Warnings Target Companies US-Wide For Selling CBD Products That Violate Federal Law

CHART: The agency sent out 15 warning letters on 25 November, citing companies in 10 states for selling unapproved and misbranded CBD drug products in the guise of dietary supplements and cosmetics.

FDA Enforcement

FDA Warns 15 CBD Product Marketers For Violations, Cautions Consumers: CBD May Harm You

The agency announces that it cannot conclude cannabidiol is GRAS, potentially heading off GRAS notifications and making NDI notifications a likelier future for CBD use in the supplement sector if any “lawful pathway” is to be found. In addition to a barrage of warning letters to marketers of CBD products, the FDA issued a stark warning to consumers about potential hazards.

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