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UN Rejects Proposal To Exempt CBD From International Narcotics Controls

A WHO recommendation to explicitly exempt low-THC CBD from international narcotics controls has been emphatically rejected by UN member states. The CBD industry had hoped for a positive outcome to remove regulatory pressure on product manufacturers in Europe and around the world. 

Cannabidiol CBD Legislation

ECHA Deliberates On Final Microplastic Proposal As Beauty Industry’s Fate Hangs In Balance

A combined final opinion on the European Chemicals Agency’s proposed microplastic restriction is expected from ECHA committees by year-end, at which point the European Commission will consider whether and when microplastic must be removed from all leave-on cosmetic products marketed in the EU.

Europe Cosmetic Ingredients

EWG Study Suggests More Than One In 10 Talc-Based Cosmetics Contain Asbestos

The Environmental Working Group and Scientific Analytical Institute say inadequate testing of talc-containing personal-care products is to blame for findings of asbestos in cosmetics, including three of 21 powder-based cosmetics SAI analyzed at EWG’s request. They continue to push for updated testing standards that include electron microscopy as a core component.

United States Cosmetic Ingredients

US Cosmetics Reform Talks To Resume In 2021 After COVID Derailing, Anti-Regulation Trump

Efforts to modernize US cosmetics regulations fell short in the 116th Congress as lawmakers swung their focus to COVID-19, but industry expects a resumption of discussions in the next term, even as pandemic relief and recovery remains top priority.

United States Beauty

EU Chemical Assessment Must Evolve Beyond ‘Tick-Box Animal Testing’ – Corporate-Nonprofit Collab

Seven years after the EU’s cosmetic animal testing ban went into full effect, leading beauty companies, chemical suppliers and animal welfare groups agree that European authorities’ administration of REACH is undermining the historic measure, inhibiting innovation and hindering societal progress.

Europe Cosmetics

EU Initiative Recommends Safety Info Labeling For Nanomaterial-Containing Cosmetics

The EU Observatory for Nanomaterials says survey respondents repelled by nanomaterial-containing cosmetics skew less informed. Among other measures, increased safety information labeling could help to educate and reassure consumers, the EUON suggests, but its study also shows a highly hazard-averse European public.

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UN Rejects Proposal To Exempt CBD From International Narcotics Controls

A WHO recommendation to explicitly exempt low-THC CBD from international narcotics controls has been emphatically rejected by UN member states. The CBD industry had hoped for a positive outcome to remove regulatory pressure on product manufacturers in Europe and around the world. 

Cannabidiol CBD Legislation

Did California Catch Brazilian Blowout Napping? Formaldehyde Must Be Out Of Hair Smoothers By 2025

California-based Brazilian Blowout appears not to have opposed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, signed into law in the Golden State at the end of September, which will ban a key ingredient in its professional hair-smoothing systems beginning 1 January 2025. The company remains oddly quiet about the legislation, which was backed by NGOs, public health advocates and other cosmetic industry reps.

US States Cosmetic Ingredients

US Cosmetics Reform Talks To Resume In 2021 After COVID Derailing, Anti-Regulation Trump

Efforts to modernize US cosmetics regulations fell short in the 116th Congress as lawmakers swung their focus to COVID-19, but industry expects a resumption of discussions in the next term, even as pandemic relief and recovery remains top priority.

United States Beauty

Lawful Use Of Cannabidiols In Supplements ‘Different Than The Rest’ Of US FDA Regulations?

CFSAN regulatory affairs chief Douglas Stearn says a regulatory pathway wouldn’t be an open door for CBD-containing food and supplements due to concerns about the ingredients’ safety. Legislation from Congress might "do something with CBD that’s different than the rest of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act," he says. 

FDA Dietary Supplements

California Enacts Cosmetic Fragrance And Flavor Act, Adding To Impactful Session For Personal Care

Trade secret protections for fragrance ingredients in consumer products have been under pressure for years as consumers’ “right to know” has ascended over competitive business interests. California’s newly enacted SB 312 imposes substantial new ingredient-reporting duties on cosmetic product manufacturers, including disclosure of fragrance allergens restricted in Europe.

US States Legislation

California Will Prohibit Use Of Some Cosmetic Ingredients Banned In Europe Beginning in 2025

Starting in 2025, use of selected preservatives, phthalates and other ingredients already banned in Europe will be prohibited in cosmetics sold in California.

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Green Light For Fake Review Fraud? FTC Infighting Continues Over Sunday Riley Skincare Settlement

US FTC commissioners Rohit Chopra and Rebecca Slaughter maintain that the agency’s no-money, no-fault settlement with Sunday Riley Skincare, now finalized, sends a message of FTC permissiveness regarding fake online reviews that artificially boost brands’ standing and product sales.

United States Advertising, Marketing & Sales

NAD Issues Latest Decision In Fungal Nail Brands’ Claims Feud

Three years ago, the Kerasal fungal nail brand brought a challenge to the National Advertising Division that decimated claims for competing Fungi-Nail products and got federal agencies involved. The shoe is now on the other foot, as the NAD agrees with Fungi-Nail that a slew of Kerasal claims should be discontinued.

United States Advertising, Marketing & Sales

Edgewell Seeks Dismissal Of Wet Ones ‘99.99%’ Germ-Kill Suit

The US FDA has primary jurisdiction over labeling claims on OTC consumer antiseptic rubs, and state false advertising claims lodged by the plaintiff are preempted by federal law, Edgewell Personal Care argues in its motion to dismiss a proposed class action in California federal court regarding Wet Ones germ-killing claims.

United States Legal Issues

FDA Advises Caution, Consultation Before Using 99.99% Germ-Killing Claims On Sanitizers

Manufacturers considering use of the popular 99.99% germ-kill claim on hand sanitizer products should consult the Office of Compliance, said Division of Nonprescription Drug Products director Theresa Michele during a recent industry workshop. “Be very, very cautious about the claims you are making,” she said.

United States FDA

FTC Does Advertising Law Enforcement, Not Second Chances For Ad Claims Arbitration

Some firms that challenged ad claims NAD attorneys later bring to FTC's attention want to take more shots at the claims while businesses making the claims want to repeat their arguments from NAD reviews, says Carolyn Hann, FTC chief of staff for advertising practices.

Ad Complaints Consumer

Who Should Be Arbiters Of Truth On Social Media? Arbiters, Says CNBC Founder Tom Rogers

Speaking at the National Advertising Division’s 2020 annual conference, the media/technology executive said his proposal for independent arbitration of social media speech disputes may not be perfect, but it beats the alternatives. He further suggested that the system he envisions “might be tailor-made for what BBB National Programs is all about.”

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