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A global coalition of nine cosmetics industry groups issued a joint statement refuting a United Nations Environment Program campaign that paints cosmetics’ contributions to plastic ocean debris in a less-than-favorable light.
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel will take another look at paraben safety during its June meeting, considering new studies and adding ingredients to its assessment on the preservative group. NGO Women’s Voices for the Earth suggests that the panel may still be missing several relevant studies.
While the previous session’s iteration of the Humane Cosmetics Act attracted support from nearly 40% of the House, it did not advance – a fate sponsors hope to avoid with broad bipartisan support and assurances that the bill would not hurt businesses.
A European Commission official says the long-awaited cosmetic nanomaterials inventory has been delayed due to notification inaccuracies, likely reflecting challenges associated with the "nanomaterial" definition enshrined in regulations. Nevertheless, the EC says it is nearing completion, and trade group Cosmetics Europe believes the catalogue could release this summer.
The recast of the Personal Care Products Safety Act includes new exemptions and revised fee expectations for the smallest cosmetics businesses, winning support from their trade groups. But the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors, whose members range in size up to Mary Kay, still finds the bill's proposed regulatory framework too burdensome to get behind.
Some fragrance-disclosure bills of concern to cosmetics industry stakeholders languished in state legislative sessions this year, but others remain under consideration – in Minnesota and North Carolina, for example. IFRA North America maintains that forced disclosure of fragrance ingredients could have unintended negative consequences.