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Brazil Further Facilitates Imports of Regulated Food and Health Products

18 Oct 2018

The Brazilian Health Agency (ANVISA) has adopted a number of measures in recent weeks and months aimed at facilitating the importation of products subject to sanitary oversight. Among other actions, A...Read More


China Sets End of Year Deadline for Adoption of 99 New/Updated Medical Device Standards

11 Oct 2018

A total of 99 “mandatory” or “recommended” industry standards relating to medical devices are to be adopted or updated before the end of the year, according to a recently issued circular on the part o...Read More


Hairspray Products Become Subject of Danish Investigation

2 Oct 2018

According to its announcement, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency's Chemicals Inspectorate investigated approximately 200 hairspray products from around 160 different brands, for any content o...Read More


FDA Bans Pharmaceutical Ingredient Imports from Mainland Chinese Supplier

2 Oct 2018

The FDA announced on 28 September that it will no longer allow imports of active pharmaceutical ingredients made by mainland China’s Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical. Huahai has been added to Import Ale...Read More


Guangdong Greenlights Online Health Consultations and Digital Prescriptions

13 Aug 2018

Guangdong-based healthcare providers are to be allowed to provide online follow-up consultations to patients with certain everyday ailments or specified chronic conditions, while also being permitted ...Read More


EU Adopts New Regulation on Cosmetics Aimed at Restricting Use of Fragrance Ingredients and Fragrance Compounds in Leave-on and Rinse-off Products

10 Aug 2018

On 1 August 2018, Commission Regulation 2018/978 entered into force, having as its aim the amendment of the EU’s framework Regulation on Cosmetic Products (Regulation 1223/2009) with regard to fragran...Read More


Streamlined Approval Procedures Introduced for Traditional Chinese Medicine Compounds

9 Aug 2018

Only non-clinical safety pharmacology studies now need to be submitted when registering a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) compound....Read More


German Court Rules on Selective Distribution Systems Concerning Luxury Cosmetics

27 July 2018

In the recent publication of a ruling dated 6 March 2018, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf held that Japanese luxury cosmetics manufacturer Kanebo has a valid intellectual property (IP)-based c...Read More


Taiwan Bans Barium Salts and Tightens Cadmium Content Restrictions in Cosmetic Products

10 July 2018

Following publication of draft regulation No. 1061606708 on September 28, 2017, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) published official notice no. 1071601490, banning the manufacture, import...Read More


Changes in ASEAN Cosmetic Directive

25 May 2018

At the 27th ASEAN Cosmetic Committee Meeting, a series of updates were agreed. The updates include: a ban on three fragrance allergens, an update of directive of use in cosmetic products containing ha...Read More


Import Restrictions on Synthetic Opioid Continued

25 May 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has extended for one year the temporary placement into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act the synthetic opioid N-[1-[2-hydroxy-2-(thiophen-2-yl)ethyl]...Read More


Heightened Oversight Mandated for Shenzhen Pharmaceutical Suppliers

18 April 2018

Pharmaceutical suppliers active in and around Shenzhen are facing heightened supervision to ensure compliance with the Good Supply Practices for Pharmaceutical Products (GSP)....Read More


Triggering of EU Law Imminent to Further Restrict Allergy-causing Substance “MI” in Cosmetic Products

6 April 2018

As from 27 April 2018, only cosmetic products which comply with a particular Regulation dating from 2017 may be made available by sellers on the European Union market. The law concerned is Regulation ...Read More


Microplastic Particles in Products: ECHA Calls for Evidence Concerning Intentional Uses

23 March 2018

Upon request of the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is currently conducting an investigation into microplastic particles (also known as microbeads) intentionally added to or ...Read More


Upgraded Requirements Introduced for Dietary Supplement Labelling

16 March 2018

New labelling requirements with regard to dietary supplements were introduced by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) on 14 February this year and came into immediate effect....Read More


Sweden to Ban Microplastics in Some Cosmetics Products

9 March 2018

On 1 February 2018, the Swedish government announced plans to ban the sale of rinse-off cosmetic products containing microplastics from July this year, to help reduce plastic marine litter. The ban, d...Read More


Imports of All Remaining Fentanyl-Related Substances Restricted, Controls on Synthetic Cannabinoid Extended

15 Feb 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that a manufacturer and exporter of wind turbines based in mainland China has been convicted of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, theft of trade secrets a...Read More


Substances Known As D4 And D5 Become Subject to EU-wide Restriction in “Wash-off” Cosmetic Products

9 Feb 2018

On 11 January 2018, Regulation 2018/35 restricting the substances octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (‘D4’) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (‘D5’) was published in the Official Journal. The substances are ...Read More


Taiwan Prohibits the Use of Safrole and 14 Other Substances in Cosmetics

19 Jan 2018

The Food and Drug Administration in Taiwan (TFDA) published notice No. 1061608566 on December 8, 2017, banning the importation, manufacture, sale and distribution of cosmetics containing Safrole and 1...Read More


DEA to Restrict Imports of All Remaining Fentanyl-Related Substances

19 Jan 2018

The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced its intent to issue an order adding to schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act all fentanyl-related substances that are not currently listed in an...Read More

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