Global Cosmetics News: September 2015

Brazilian Blowout US organisation the Environment Working Group has accused the manufacturer of Brazilian Blowout, GIB LLC, and makers other similar straightening treatments of defying regulators and poisoning salon workers and customers thanks to the undisclosed formaldehyde content contained in their products.

The agency claims that Brazilian Blowout contains between three and seven percent formaldehyde, despite reformulation following a warning letter issued by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and legal action over deceptive advertising in the State of California, and that the controversial ingredient is still not disclosed on the label in the majority of cases, preventing consumers and salon workers from taking the necessary measures to protect their health. The organisation has petitioned the FDA to take action, so far without success.

The Environment Working Group is now placing its hope in a new bill, The Personal Care Products Safety Act, that would strengthen and modernise federal regulation of personal care products, granting the FDA more powers to order mandatory recalls of unsafe products and requiring the government body to review questionable ingredients such as formaldehyde and restrict their use


 Chemical Watch: September 2015

The EU competent authorities (CAs) for biocides agreed on rules for the in situ generation of free radicals, at their meeting, last week.

The CAs decided that free radicals meet the definition of a substance as defined under REACH. They should, therefore, be regarded as an active substance under the biocidal products Regulation (BPR), when they are used for a biocidal purpose.

Because they did not fall under the scope of the biocidal products Directive, they are eligible for the transitional provisions under the BPR, says the European Commission.

Consequently, companies can use them in biocidal products until 1 September 2017, if no application for the inclusion in BPR Annex I of an active of that free radical is submitted, by 1 September 2016.

The Commission has said it will develop guidance to specify data required in such applications, as a matter of priority.

The meeting endorsed five documents, which:

»  define when a masterbatch falls under the BPR;»  update the questions and answers document on the summary of product characteristics;

»  propose a new approach for the drafting of approval decisions;

»  update the guidance on labelling requirements for treated articles; and

»  answer frequently asked questions about placing biocidal products on the market.


 Chemical Watch: September 2015

Biocides standing committee approves MBM, hexaflumuron.

The EU Standing Committee on Biocidal Products has approved three active substance/product-type combinations:

»  4,4'-methylenedimorpholine (MBM) for use in preservatives for products during storage (product-type six), and working or cutting fluid preservatives (product-type 13); and hexaflumuron for use in insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods (product-type 18).

The approvals were voted through at the committee's meeting on 18 September.

The committee also adopted an implementing decision that anti-viral tissue, impregnated with citric acid, should be regarded as a treated article under the biocidal products Regulation (BPR). This is due to the "prominence" of the public health claim, says the Commission. A favourable opinion by the committee means the Commission will now formally adopt the proposals.


 Personal Care Magazine: September 2015

MCONUSBAT, a provider of internationalisation regulatory services for cosmetics, personal health care products and fine chemicals, has issued an update on recent Asian cosmetic and chemical regulations.

The Chinese Food & Drug Admininstration (C-FDA) issued a notice regarding the revision of the Chinese Chemical Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances (C-IECIC), which was launched on 30 June 2014. The contents cover:

• Adding 9 new ingredients into the inventory.

• Changing the product name of 111 plant ingredients.

•Cancelling 20 repeated plant ingredients and 1 plant ingredient

•Indicating the source of 6 plant ingredients.

 In South Korea, phenylparaben and chlorocetamide are prohibited in use in cosmetics. Glyceryl PABA and p-aminobenzoic acid are prohibited in use as a UV component and wet wipes, which were classified as 'industrial goods', are now classified as a cosmetic.

In Vietnam, online registration for cosmetics products will be implemented soon this year. In April, the Drug Administration issued the prohibition of the following cosmetic ingredients: isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, phenylparaben, benzylparaben and pentylparaben. Butyl paraben and propyl paraben are still acceptable at max. 0.14% as single ingredient or max. 0.8% as compound ingredient.

Either methylisothiazolinone or the compound of methylchlorothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (ratio 3:1) are allowed to be used in cleansing products only. Content of the compound methylchlorothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone should not exceed 0.0015% of the total composition.


 Water Today: September 2015

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) announced FyreRok Biofluids won the 3rd Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Award today. FyreRok, a Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, based company, was given the EH&S Award for its technology which develops a hypochlorous acid at well pad sites to use as a non-toxic biocide to treat water used in the hydraulic fracturing process.

Bill Hall, Executive Director of SGICC commented, "The shale energy industry must continue to operate in an exemplary manner, exceeding stakeholder's expectations in the environmental, health, and safety areas. This is integral to the industry being provided their social license to operate, gaining the trust and respect of the Commonwealth's citizens, as well as the workers they employ and the communities where they operate. Ben Franklin's Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center is excited to once again shine a light on a Pennsylvania based company that is helping the industry achieve this standing."

FyreRok's "FyreCide 45" is an EPA and FDA-approved biocide for the onsite treatment of water both pre- and post-frac. According to the company, it has been known for some time that hypochlorous acid is more effective than traditional biocides, but the challenge has come from finding a cost-effective way to use them in large scale, multi-million gallon frac jobs.