Can cannabis-derived ingredients be used in cosmetic products?

Skincare products containing cannabis are growing in popularity. Cannabis derivatives have become trendy ingredients for cosmetics manufacturers. Let’s have a brief look at the current regulatory status of this popular cosmetic ingredient in Canada. Cannabinoids come from three species of plants: Cannabis Ruderalis, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis derivatives can contain either THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) … Continue reading Can cannabis-derived ingredients be used in cosmetic products?

The FDA needs your help!

The FDA has announced today that it seeks public comments on a proposed consumer survey about allergens in cosmetics! Cosmetics are a broad category that includes items such as fragrances, hair products, makeup, nail products, and skin care products. All of us are consumers of cosmetic products so it is important to participate.

Summer, Sun, and Sunscreens!

It’s this time of the year again: sun protection is on everyone’s lips…  including regulatory agencies! For instance, the FDA has multiplied its efforts to ensure consumers’ protection by sending warning letters to companies that mislead consumers by selling products that do not deliver the advertised benefits. In addition, the FDA continues to take actions … Continue reading Summer, Sun, and Sunscreens!

Summer is here!

Sunscreens are back on store shelves and consumers debate to choose the best formula. As we all know, two categories of sunscreen, differing on their distinct mode of action, are available: Chemical sunscreen: composed of organic molecules that absorb ultraviolet light Physical sunscreen: composed of mineral inorganic molecules that form a physical barrier on the … Continue reading Summer is here!

Truthful product claims?

Product claims communicate the benefits of a cosmetic product to the consumers. They can be found on product packaging, labeling or any other form of advertisement including brochures, television or website. Regulatory agencies such as the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), EC (European Commission) or ASC (Advertisement Standards Canada) focus on ensuring the integrity and truthfulness … Continue reading Truthful product claims?

The FDA is watching you!

The FDA has been extremely active last month and they are keeping a close eye on cosmetic manufacturers that make drug claims. Terms such as inflammation, oxidation, genes – anything that mention changes to the body – will be falling into “drug claims”.  Launching an innovative product attracts the attention of the competition and of regulatory … Continue reading The FDA is watching you!

Consumers and Governments are watching: test your products!

Manufacturers and distributors of personal care and cosmetic products are responsible for ensuring that their products and ingredients are safe. In addition, they must be able to demonstrate proofs of performance claims and they must correctly label their products. The best defense you may have in regards to consumer, competition or regulatory challenges of your … Continue reading Consumers and Governments are watching: test your products!

FDA provides multilingual documentation

The FDA has extended its international operation model and now provides key regulatory laws and practices in multiple languages. This will also enable the industry and FDA’s foreign counterparts to better understand the agency’s laws and practices. Reference resources are now available in Spanish, French, Chinese, and Korean: Cosmetics Information: Is It a Cosmetic, a Drug, … Continue reading FDA provides multilingual documentation

Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

The ethics and scientific quality of human clinical trials is regulated by international standards set by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) in the form of guidelines known as Good Clinical Practice (GCP). These guidelines are accepted worldwide and must be followed during any study involving human subjects. Adherence to GCP ensures the rights and … Continue reading Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

A few reminders…

Firstly, on a personal note, it is my pleasure to become an active member of the Quebec Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. I look forward to providing SCC members with pleasant and interesting meetings, and to collaborate with the society for the advancement of cosmetic science. Now, the industry regulations are continuously changing, … Continue reading A few reminders…