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April 17, 2019 | Congress reports

Essential oils and endocrine disruption pro

With regard to the endocrine system, are essential oils active or disruptive substances? It is to this question that Jean-Marc Giroux, Doctor of Pharmacy, Toxicologist Pharmacologist and also President of Cosmed, wanted to answer during the Cosmetic Days 2018 dedicated to essential oils. Stressing that the issue, in the context of regulatory, scientific, political and media debates on endocrine disruption, deserves clarification and a clear position from the cosmetics industry.

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28 June 2017 Congress reports

Sunscreen products: what if they protected without doing any harm? pro

Sun exposure is recognized for being a factor of skin affections and cancers. However, UV rays are also responsible for biological mechanisms whose positive action has been demonstrated on a great number of other, just as serious diseases. As a matter of fact, the protective filters used in sunscreens inhibit ...

28 June 2017 Congress reports

Distance selling, e-commerce and duty free: what is the regulatory framework? pro

If the different distance selling channels are known to consumers and make it easier for them to shop, most often, distributors are not aware of the rules applicable to this type of transactions. At Cosmed’s regulatory congress held in Paris on June 8, 2017, Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, lawyer at the Court ...

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26 June 2017 Congress reports

Cosmetics Europe: risk, always risk, nothing but risk! pro

As usual, the 2017 edition of the Cosmetics Europe Week started with a speech delivered by the President of the European association. Loïc Armand also gave CosmeticOBS an interview, during which he presented the key figures of the European cosmetics industry, made an update on the actions taken over the past twelve ...

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21 June 2017 Congress reports

Sun exposure: the right balance

Attention is often drawn to the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays on the skin and health. At the Sun Protection Conference held in London on June 6-7, 2017, Professor Robyn Lucas, epidemiologist at the Australian National University (ANU), highlighted the other, more beneficial side of sun exposure, pleading ...

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19 June 2017 Congress reports

Claims, CMRs, nanos: 3 announcements from the European Commission pro

At the Rencontres Réglementaires organized by Cosmed in Paris on June 8, 2017, Salvatore d'Acunto, the Commission’s Head of Unit for Health Technology and Cosmetics (Grow D4), provided an overview of the recent news in this field and made a few updates and announcements that caught the audience’s ...

19 June 2017 Congress reports

When the selfie generation influences the cosmetics industry

The population aged 25-35, also known as the selfie generation, represents a chunk of people who are hyper-connected and deeply concerned about their image and how it is conveyed on social media. As a result, they are increasingly more demanding with the cosmetics they use. At the Comet conference held in ...

14 June 2017 Congress reports

Chinese e-commerce: a new Eldorado for French cosmetics!

French cosmetics are much valued in China, where they are considered prestigious. Their reputation is firmly established, and yet, French companies’ presence on the Chinese territory is still a little tentative. Other than overcoming regulatory barriers to settle there in the long term, it is definitely necessary to adapt to ...

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14 June 2017 Congress reports

UEBT Biodiversity Barometer 2017 pro

Since 2009, UEBT assessed awareness of biodiversity, and interest in ethical sourcing of ingredients in 16 different countries. Nine years of research, among 59,000 people, and hundreds of leading companies, have provided several valuable insights that may guide companies and governments in their approaches towards people and biodiversity.

12 June 2017 Congress reports

Natrue: how is it doing after 10 years? pro

On May 30, 2017, Natrue, an organization representing organic and natural cosmetics, celebrated its 10th anniversary. On this occasion, its members and the press were gathered in Brussels to provide an overview of the association’s progress and the objectives to be reached for the years to come. CosmeticOBS was there: here ...

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06 June 2017 Congress reports

Australian regulations: cosmetic or therapeutic? pro

As the US with OTCs, Australia set up a specific status for some products that Europe considers as "simple" cosmetics. At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized by IFIS (French Training Institute for Healthcare Professionals) and FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies), Dr ...

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04 June 2017 Congress reports

Biodiversity: a pledge for innovation and consumers' confidence pro

Biodiversity is a source of inspiration and innovation, essential to connect to consumers turning to natural ingredients. The outcomes of the 2017 Biodiversity Barometer research which were presented during the 9th annual conference on Biodiversity, organized by UEBT – Union for Ethical BioTrade – on June 1st in Paris, prove it once again.

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31 May 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: tailor-made products pro

To be personalized and made upon request, tailor-made products still need to meet GMP quality requirements. And yet, how can those be implemented at points of sale, whose typology is so different from that of plants? At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized ...

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24 May 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: subcontracting pro

Production subcontracting is common in the cosmetics industry, and it is specifically dealt with in standard ISO 22716 on GMPs. At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by IFIS (French Training Institute for Healthcare Professionals) and FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies), Pascal ...

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17 May 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: pest management pro

Fighting against the invasion of rodents and insects in cosmetics companies’ production premises is an obligation imposed by GMP standard ISO 22716, and also a guarantee of the quality of the products manufactured. At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by IFIS (French ...

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03 May 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: metrology pro

Measuring instruments are sensitive devices which are to be regularly inspected to meet legal metrology requirements, but also the quality requirements laid down in Good Manufacturing Practices. At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by IFIS (French Training Institute for Healthcare Professionals ...

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24 April 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: water treatment pro

Is the water used to manufacture and formulate cosmetic products quality water? Which processes are used to obtain it, and what controls should be carried out as regards the GMP standard? At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by the IFIS (French ...

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12 April 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: cleaning premises and equipment (2/2) pro

At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by IFIS (French Training Institute for Healthcare Professionals) and FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies), Françoise Durand, of Anios, and Bertrand Cormary, of the Pierre Fabre Group, provided details on the prerequisites and level of ...

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12 April 2017 Congress reports

Mineral cosmetic ingredients: oils and stones pro

At the 8th edition of the U’Cosmetics colloquium dedicated to mineral cosmetics, several speakers presented their specificities in terms of ingredients. Three of them focused on new approaches to flagship mineral ingredients: oils and stones, including the most precious.

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10 April 2017 Congress reports

GMPs in practice: cleaning premises and equipment (1/2) pro

Giving the floor a sweep or hosing it down is not enough to fulfil the objectives set out in standard ISO 22716 on Good Manufacturing Practices – far from it! At the first Rencontres de la Qualité Cosmétique, a conference on cosmetic quality organized on March 30 by IFIS (French Training Institute for ...

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03 April 2017 Congress reports

Mineral cosmetic ingredients: powders and pigments pro

At the 8th edition of the U’Cosmetics colloquium dedicated to mineral cosmetics, several speakers presented the specificities of mineral ingredients. Tifenn Boutard, of subcontractor ABC Texture, focused on makeup pigments and powders.

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27 March 2017 Congress reports

Mineral cosmetics… What is that about? pro

What exactly are mineral cosmetics? At the 8th edition of the U’Cosmetics colloquium organized on March 16, 2017 by the students of University UCO Bretagne Nord in Guingamp, Brittany, Jean-Claude Le Joliff, creator of cosmetics library La Cosmétothèque, endeavoured to define the outline of what this cosmetics branch covers.

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15 March 2017 Congress reports

Neurocosmetics: a revolutionary approach to cosmetics? (2/2) pro

At the Jean-Paul Marty Days, Fabrice Lefevre, Marketing & Innovation Director of Givaudan Active Beauty, presented the result of his group’s latest research work, using various examples. After addressing the issue of their action on physiological stress, he showed how new cosmetics molecules could be efficient as regards themes ...

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06 March 2017 Congress reports

Neurocosmetics: a revolutionary approach to cosmetics? (1/2) pro

At the Jean-Paul Marty Days, a two-day scientific congress organized by the SFC (French Society of Cosmetology) in Paris in late 2016, Fabrice Lefevre, Marketing & Innovation Director of Givaudan Active Beauty, presented the result of his group’s latest research work, using various examples. A scientific movement towards health and ...

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20 Feb. 2017 Congress reports

Packaging in the era of mass personalization pro

Today, personalization is one of the major trends impacting the world of cosmetics. Tailor-made products, products to be composed yourself with bases, depending on the day’s needs, and home manufacturing machines have been receiving much media coverage these days. And personalization is now intended for the greatest number possible ...

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13 Feb. 2017 Congress reports

Seeing packaging beauty differently pro

Viewing beauty from a different angle, wondering whether we have really seen it all, and if it would not be useful to consider other innovative approaches… It is actually crucial for the cosmetics industry to keep surprising and seducing ever-more demanding consumers, which also applies to packaging. Astrid Rutkowski, of ...

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08 Feb. 2017 Congress reports

Child-Resistant Packaging: for which products and how? pro

For certain pharmaceuticals placed on the market, it has been mandatory for many years to use Child-Resistant Packaging that cannot be opened by toddlers. What is less known is that this obligation may also apply to a few cosmetics. At the PCD show held in Paris in January 2017, Philippe Kern ...

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01 Feb. 2017 Congress reports

The ideal pump-bottle by WestRock pro

WestRock is an American packaging supplier. To anticipate trends and market expectations, the company regularly conducts consumer studies. Sandy Grégory, of the Marketing Department, presented the results of one of these studies at the PCD show held in Paris in January 2017: she explained how they led to the development of ...

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18 Jan. 2017 Congress reports

UV filter assessment in the USA and Europe pro

The methods used to assess the safety of UV filters in the United States and Europe are much different. At the 3rdCosmeticDays organized by Cosmed, Christophe Rousselle, of the ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety), and a member of the SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety ...

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16 Jan. 2017 Congress reports

Cosmetics packaging safety: latest updates pro

Everyone knows it under the name ‘Task Force Packaging’. The working group created to draft guidelines to help perform the safety assessment of cosmetics packaging (provided for, but not made explicit in Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009), presented their work results at the 14th edition of the Cosmetic Valley Perfumes & Cosmetics ...

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11 Jan. 2017 Congress reports

ANSM: results of the 2016 controls on cosmetics (2/2) pro

At the regulatory congress organized by the Cosmetic Valley in Chartres, France, in November 2016, Sophie Roques-Violin and Vanessa Picot, both from the ANSM (French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety), made a presentation of their action and provided the results of the controls carried out on the cosmetics ...

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11 Jan. 2017 Congress reports

Functional ingredients as SPF boosters pro

The performance of a sunscreen product and the level of its SPF do not only depend on the mixture of UV-filters in the formula. That is what Laurent Blasco, Global Skin Care Application Manager at Lubrizol, explained at the 3rd CosmeticDays organized by Cosmed, using examples and formulation indications.

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09 Jan. 2017 Congress reports

ANSM: results of the 2016 controls on cosmetics (1/2) pro

At the regulatory congress organized by the Cosmetic Valley in Chartres, France, in November 2016, Sophie Roques-Violin, Director of the Market Surveillance Inspection Department, and Vanessa Picot, Cosmetic Product Inspector, both at the ANSM (French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety), made a presentation of their action and provided ...

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04 Jan. 2017 Congress reports

DGCCRF: results of the 2016 controls on cosmetics pro

At the Cosmetic Valley regulatory congress in Chartres in November 2016, Raphaëlle Bove, Director of the Health Products and Services & Human Service Programmes Bureau, and Catherine Argoyti, Assistant Director of the Health Products and Services & Human Service Programmes Bureau in charge of cosmetic products at the DGCCRF (French General ...

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02 Jan. 2017 Congress reports

Heavy metals: from omnipresence to measurement pro

In the field of cosmetics, heavy metals are unfailingly associated with the notion of technically inevitable traces… although they are to be reduced to the minimum. Still, the question remains as to how to identify them and measure their content in formulas. These issues were at the core of the ...

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02 Jan. 2017 Congress reports

A history of sun protection in 15 dates

At the 3rd CosmeticDays organized by Cosmed, Estelle Loing, Biologist at Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, presented a short history of sun protection in cosmetics. Apart from short periods, humans have always had a tendency to protect themselves from the effects of the sun on the skin. But our means to do it ...

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21 Dec. 2016 Congress reports

Chartres Congress: FEBEA’s Q/A session (3/3) pro

Every year, as a conclusion to the Chartres regulatory congress, the FEBEA’s (French Federation of Beauty Companies) whole team answers random questions prepared by congress participants over the two days of conferences. After focusing on threatened ingredients and substances and European regulatory issues, the session ended with questions on ...

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21 Dec. 2016 Congress reports

When micro-organisms inspire sun protection research pro

At the 3rd CosmeticDays organized by Cosmed, Matthieu Bey, microbiologist at Greentech, presented the defence means micro-organisms implement to protect themselves from UV rays’ harmful effects. They are a source of inspiration for new approaches to photoprotection, which he illustrated by introducing a number of molecules of interest.

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19 Dec. 2016 Congress reports

Chartres Congress: FEBEA’s Q/A session (2/3) pro

Every year, as a conclusion to the Chartres regulatory congress, the FEBEA’s (French Federation of Beauty Companies) whole team answers random questions prepared by congress participants over the two days of conferences. After focusing on the issues regarding threatened ingredients and substances, it was time to deal with the ...

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14 Dec. 2016 Congress reports

Sun products: exposure data question safety for babies pro

At the 3rd CosmeticDays organized in Marseille, France, on December 1-2, 2016, by Cosmed, Prof Alain-Claude Roudot, of the Laboratory of Chemical Risk Assessment for the Consumer (LERCCo), presented the results of the study he conducted with Dr Anne-Sophie Ficheux on French population exposure to sun products. And his conclusions can definitely ...

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14 Dec. 2016 Congress reports

Chartres Congress: FEBEA’s Q/A session (1/3) pro

Every year, as a conclusion to the Chartres regulatory congress, the FEBEA’s (French Federation of Beauty Companies) whole team answers random questions prepared by congress participants over the two days of conferences. On the agenda of the 2016 edition, there were the status of threatened substances, animal testing, the PIF and ...

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12 Dec. 2016 Congress reports

Preservatives: the cosmetics industry’s defence strategy pro

For the second year in a row, Sylvie Cupferman, Member of Cosmetics Europe's Expert Team Product Preservation and Microbiology International Director of L’Oréal R&I, came to the regulatory congress held in Chartres, France, on November 16-17, 2016, to make an update on the difficult situation of preservatives today ...

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07 Dec. 2016 Congress reports

How to market a compliant personalized cosmetic product (2/2) pro

Several types of products fall within the definition of a personalized cosmetic product. At the Chartres Congress held by the Cosmetic Valley on November 16-17, 2016, once she had examined the case of products made at home or in a learning workshop, Anne Dux, Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs ...