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Public TV Channel Investment Shows UK CBD Market 'Normalizing'

UK public service TV network Channel 4 says its investment in Cannaray will help bring CBD to the mainstream and shows the country's CBD market is stabilizing.

Arcaea CEO On Biotech’s Promise: Sustainable, Yes, But Ingredient Performance Will Drive Adoption

With biotech, “the entire tree of life starts to become accessible to us ethically and sustainably,” says Arcaea CEO Jasmina Aganovic. Her company, launched in October 2021, is developing custom keratin molecules for skin and hair, as well as new UV filter technology, among other innovations to expand formulators’ toolkits, not just replace problematic ingredients.

'Could Put Us Out Of Business’: US State Bill Pileup Has Small Beauty Set On Federal Preemption

The cosmetics industry has an “optics” problem, and that is creating other issues, namely a growing body of state legislation to address perceived gaps in federal regulatory oversight.

HBW Insight’s Key Takeaways From 2021: #3 Keep Your Eye On AI

The future of digital health will be shaped more than anything else by the rise of artificial intelligence. From body enhancing bio-wearables to camera-based skin diagnostics, the consumer health industry continued to explore the possibilities presented by AI in 2021. However, there are many regulatory and ethical hurdles industry must overcome as we move into 2022 and beyond.

Beauty Firms Hit With Prop 65 Notice: Don’t Ignore Or Retailers May ‘Blackball’ You

Ballard Spahr attorney Brendan Collins warned attendees to take Prop 65 violation notices seriously and address them in a timely manner, speaking at the Independent Beauty Association’s 2022 Technical Regulatory Forum.

Independent Beauty Association Maintains Watch On Global Supply Chain In 2022

US demand for personal-care and cosmetic products continues to exceed the capacities of an industry fraught with supply-chain pressures, according to Independent Beauty Association leadership.

Independent Beauty Association Apprehensive About Patchwork of State Recycling Bills

Extended producer responsibility legislation passed last year in Maine and Oregon and is being considered in other states, including New Jersey and Hawaii as of January 2022. The Independent Beauty Association is concerned about a patchwork of laws forming across the US that would significantly challenge small and mid-sized companies.

Study Suggests Futura’s Drug-Free Erectile Dysfunction Gel Suitable For US OTC Pathway

The successful completion of a short, non-clinical, human factors study puts Futura Medical's MED3000 erectile dysfunction gel one step closer to OTC device approval in the US.

Stada's Nature's Aid Launches Sustainable Supplements In UK, Frustrated At CBD Delays

HBW Insight catches up with Nature's Aid managing director Chris Morrey to talk about the firm's new sustainable dietary supplment range, Wild Earth, as well as the challenges posed by the UK's new regulstory regime for CBD novel foods. 

Beauty Supply Chain Pains Haven’t Snuffed Sustainability Push; ‘The Opposite,’ Says IBA

“There's a lot of creativity and innovation that's being forced” by supply chain challenges, according to Elizabeth Corrigan, recently appointed chairwoman of the Independent Beauty Association. IBA’s Akemi Ooka says smaller companies looking to engage on sustainability can be well-served to start with supply chain assessment.

Supply Chain Crisis Impacting Beauty Companies Big And Small: ‘It’s The Great Equalizer,’ IBA Says

The Independent Beauty Association’s Akemi Ooka, head of global supply chain resources, and new board chair Elizabeth Corrigan sat down with HBW Insight to discuss ongoing supply chain challenges, how the trade association’s members are adapting, and prospects for relief ahead.

Independent Beauty Association Adds Global Supply-Chain Expertise; Cosmetics Appointments In Brief

The Honest Company’s new digital and strategy chief joins from Amazon.com where he led development of home security systems and contactless, in-garage delivery for more than 50m Amazon Key customers. More cosmetics people news, including new supply chain and sustainability leadership at the Independent Beauty Association.

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