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Lauren Nardella

Lauren Nardella covers health care business topics, including contributions for more than a decade to HBW Insight (and previously the Rose Sheet) for more than a decade, where’s she has covered the regulation, business, science and policy of the cosmetics and personal-care products industries. She enjoys tackling complex issues and turning them into stories that help readers stay abreast of current topics. Nardella was previously a business reporter for various daily newspapers. She lives in Northern Virginia.

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EU Motivated Like Never Before To Advance Non-Animal Methods For Chemical Assessment

Lack of validated, regulatory-accepted methods for evaluating complex chemical safety endpoints without animal testing is quickly becoming a problem for industries and stakeholders beyond the cosmetics sector. Momentum is building to drive alternatives development as European authorities set their sights on an animal-free chemicals assessment future.

Animal Testing Europe

EWG’s 2023 Sunscreen Guide: Oxybenzone Use Down, ‘EWG Verified’ Products Up

The Environmental Working Group’s annual sunscreen report finds that one in four products evaluated meet its standards for protection and ingredient avoidance, fairly consistent with the past three years but still worse than 2019. This year, “gold standard” sunscreen products bear the nonprofit’s “Verified” mark.

NGOs OTC Drugs

US FTC Pushed For Environmental Reg Harmonization, Organic Definition – ‘Green Guides’ Comments

Cosmetics industry stakeholders agree the US Federal Trade Commission’s “Green Guides” are ripe for an update. Issues old and new need to be addressed and state-level laws and regulations taken into account along with national and international programs and standards, say leading companies, trade associations, and consumer advocacy groups in comments to the agency.

Legal Issues Advertising, Marketing & Sales

California DTSC Plans To Add Microplastics To Candidate Chemicals List

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control proposes adding microplastics to its list of Candidate Chemicals, which would not have a regulatory impact at first but could lead to Priority Product selections, alternatives analyses, and regulatory responses to reduce or eliminate adverse impacts to public health and the environment. Microplastic-containing cosmetics are among products in the DTSC's line of sight.

Cosmetic Ingredients Regulation

Salon Beauty Products Show Little Innovation Away From Harmful Ingredients, NGOs Say

Women’s Voices for the Earth and partner NGOs say innovation toward “inherently safer” products is direly needed in professional hair and nail salon products, which continue to make common use of chemicals linked to or suspected of causing adverse health effects in salon workers.

Cosmetic Ingredients Safety

California DTSC Was ‘Unaware’ Of 40+ Hazardous Chemicals In Nail Care That May Get Closer Looks

The relatively small number of stakeholders who responded to DTSC’s information call-in revealed that the vast majority of nail products likely contain Candidate Chemicals on California DTSC’s authoritative lists. The department will continue to evaluate CCs in nail care for potential regulation by the Safer Consumer Products program.

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