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Five Additional Synthetic Cannabinoids Subject to Import Restrictions

18 April 2019

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has announced that effective 16 April five additional synthetic cannabinoid products are being placed into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act for two ...Read More

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Deadline for Input on Proposal to Update Requirements for Most Sunscreen Products Extended

18 April 2019

The Food and Drug Administration has extended from 28 May to 27 June the deadline for public input on a proposal that would update regulatory requirements for most sunscreen products in the United Sta...Read More

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RAPEX Removes Dangerous Products from European Market but Significant Concerns Remain over Imports

18 April 2019

On 9 April 2019, it was announced that the Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Consumer Products (“RAPEX”) had removed more than 2,000 dangerous products from the European market in 2018. However, accordi...Read More

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FDA Updates Guidance on Animal-Derived Products in Medical Devices

18 March 2019

The FDA has updated its guidance on using animal-derived products in medical devices, replacing guidance issued back in 1998....Read More

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New Bill Would Strengthen FDA Oversight over Personal Care Products

14 March 2019

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Democrat-California) and Susan Collins (Republican-Maine) recently introduced legislation designed to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory authority over in...Read More

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Proposal to Update Requirements for Most Sunscreen Products under Consideration

25 Feb 2019

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking input by 27 May on a proposal that would update regulatory requirements for most sunscreen products in the United States. According to an FDA press release,...Read More

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California Considering Restrictions on Nail Products Containing Toluene

21 Feb 2019

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control is proposing to list nail products containing toluene as a priority product under its Safer Consumer Products programme. If this proposal is adopt...Read More

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FDA Steps Up Enforcement of Dietary Supplements and Electronic Cigarettes

14 Feb 2019

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on 11 February released separate statements detailing efforts by his agency to more effectively regulate dietary supplements and electronic cig...Read More

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Restriction Proposed Regarding Intentionally Added Microplastics

12 Feb 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on 30 January 2019 that it has submitted a “restriction proposal” for microplastic particles that are intentionally added to mixtures used by consumers o...Read More

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Import Controls Continued on Synthetic Cannabinoid

29 Jan 2019

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a final rule that, effective 29 January, places the synthetic cannabinoid N-(1-amino-3,3-dimethyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H- indazole...Read More

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Argentina Updates List of Banned Pesticide Active Principles, Approves New Registration Procedures for Medicinal Specialties

24 Jan 2019

Argentina has approved a new list of banned active principles in fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, acaricides, growth regulators and related products....Read More

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EU Adopts New Regulation on Cosmetics Restricting the Use of Preservatives in Leave-on And Rinse-off Products

18 Jan 2019

Hong Kong’s cosmetics producers exporting to the EU will have become familiar with the Commission Regulation 2018/1847 amends Annex V (preservatives) of Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products (“the...Read More

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Argentina Bans Imports of Colistin Veterinary Products

17 Jan 2019

Argentina has banned effective from 14 July the production, importation, distribution and use of veterinary products that contain as an active principle Colistin and its salts....Read More

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New Regulation Will Restrict Phthalates in Consumer Goods EU-wide

3 Jan 2019

Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation, into which the core provisions of Commission Regulation 2018/2005 will be inserted, prohibits or restricts the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain...Read More

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DEA to Restrict Imports of Synthetic Cannabinoids

28 Dec 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has announced its intent to issue an order temporarily including five synthetic cannabinoids (and their optical, positional and geometric isomers, salts and sa...Read More

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Brazil Considers New Regulatory Framework for Traditional Medicine Products, Seeks to Streamline Various Administrative Procedures

19 Dec 2018

The Brazilian Health Agency has announced its intention to develop a specific regulatory framework for traditional health products subject to sanitary oversight. The goal of this process is to develop...Read More

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Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Prohibited Substances in Christmas Decorations

19 Dec 2018

Following the investigation, the companies marketing these products ceased their sales of the products concerned. Hong Kong businesses should be aware that the infringements led to administrative fine...Read More

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Canada Considering Restrictions on Talc-Containing Products

7 Dec 2018

Canadian authorities are considering measures that would prohibit or restrict the use of talc in a limited number of product types, such as certain cosmetics, natural health products and non-prescript...Read More

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Import Restrictions on Opioid-Like Substances Finalised

29 Nov 2018

The DEA has issued a final order that maintains the placement of certain substances, including their isomers, esters, ethers, salts and salts of isomers, esters and ethers, in schedule I of the Contro...Read More

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Clarifications to California’s Proposition 65 Warning Requirements under Consideration

27 Nov 2018

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment will hold a hearing on 17 December and will accept input from interested parties by 31 December on a proposal to clarify recent changes co...Read More

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