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New EU Regulation Targets Allergy-causing Substance Methylisothiazolinone in Cosmetic Products

11 Aug 2017

On 7 July 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2017/1224 updating existing limitations on the use of Methylisothiazolinone (MI) concentrations in cosmetic products. Previously, M...Read More


Canada Bars Use of Plastic Microbeads in Toiletries

7 July 2017

The Canadian government has banned the production and importation of plastic microbeads in toiletries, which comprise personal hair, skin, teeth and mouth care products for cleansing or hygiene, inclu...Read More


CFDA Employees Face Prosecution for Breaching Confidentiality on Drug and Medical Device Testing

29 June 2017

Any employees of the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) who breach confidentiality with regard to any information they have become privy to during the course of conducting their duties will now...Read More


Filing Requirements Specified for Health Food Distributors and Manufacturers

23 June 2017

Any company manufacturing / distributing any of the varieties of health foods listed in the Health Food Raw Materials Directory is now obliged to file all of the required details with the China Food a...Read More


Regulations on Medical Device Usage and Management Amended

9 June 2017

Several amendments to the current Regulations on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices have been issued by the State Council. Primarily, these updates relate to the statutory permissio...Read More


Pudong Cosmetics Import Process Streamlined by Shift to Record-Filing System

8 June 2017

Shanghai’s Pudong New Area has now adopted a record filing system with regard to the import of non-special-purpose cosmetics. The move replaces the previous approval-based process and has been designe...Read More


EU Plans to Limit D4 and D5 Substances in Cosmetics and Cleaning Items

2 June 2017

Hong Kong traders of an array of goods, from cosmetics to cleaning (e.g., dry cleaning) products, should be warned that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has submitted an intention to prepare a res...Read More


Provincial-level Food and Drink Administrations Lose Pharmaceutical Licensing Approval Rights

11 May 2017

Provincial-level food and drink administrations are to lose their entitlement to monitor and approve activities in three pharmaceutical-related licensing sectors. A notice to this effect has been issu...Read More


Revised Measures for Assessing Medical Device Standards Issued

10 May 2017

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has recently issue revised guidelines with regard to the Administrative Measures for Medical Device Standards (Trial Implementation)....Read More


EU Cosmetics Law Revised Regarding Certain Substances in Hair Dyes and Sunscreen Products

5 May 2017

Hong Kong traders exporting hair dye products and sunscreen products to the EU should be informed that the European Commission has adopted two new regulations amending framework Regulation 1223/2009 o...Read More


European Commission Reduces the Permissible Limit of Benzophenone-3 in Cosmetic Products

28 April 2017

On February 10, 2017, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2017/238 amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 to reduce the maximum authorized concentration of Benzophenone-3 as a UV...Read More


Pudong Streamlines Requirements for Importing Non-Special-Purpose Cosmetics

24 Feb 2017

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) have jointly issued a circular on pilot measures concerning the r...Read More


Views Sought on Rules for Naming OTC Chinese Medicines

24 Jan 2017

A draft for soliciting opinions of proposed naming rules for generic Chinese medicines recently issued by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has aroused much concern among industry players....Read More


Argentina Bans Antibacterial Agents in Personal Care and Cosmetic Products

6 Jan 2017

Argentinean authorities have banned through Disposition 13832/2016 the use of the following substances in antibacterial products registered in Argentina as personal care, cosmetic and/or perfume produ...Read More


Chile Adopts Restrictions on Antibacterial Agents in Cosmetic Products

4 Nov 2016

Chilean authorities have adopted the following maximum limits on the antibacterial agents triclosan and triclocarban in rinse-off cosmetic products: 0.2 percent triclosan in mouthwashes, 0.3 percent t...Read More


Cosmetics Law Amendments to Affect Dandruff Hair Products and a Variety of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

14 Oct 2016

The European Commission has published two texts, one in draft form and the other adopted, each of which has as its aim the amendment of the EU’s framework Regulation on Cosmetic Products (Regulation 1...Read More


FDA Bans Sale of Antibacterial Hand and Body Washes

23 Sept 2016

Companies will no longer be able to market over-the-counter consumer antiseptic products intended for use with water (i.e., hand washes and body washes) that contain one or more of 19 specific active ...Read More


U.S. Targets Imports of Certain Cannabinoids and Opioids

23 Sept 2016

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a final rule that permanently places the following substances, including their salts, isomers and salts of isomers whenever their existence is possible, ...Read More


EC Amends the Restriction Limit on Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCl

21 Sept 2016

The European Commission published Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1121 on July 11, 2016 amending Annex V of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. The entry for Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCl as a preservative is...Read More


Further Restriction on Methylisothiazolinone in Cosmetic Products is Implemented

21 Sept 2016

The European Commission published Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1198 on July 22, 2016 for amending Annex V of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. Restrictions on the preservative, Methylisothiazolinone, ...Read More

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