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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Hundreds of cosmetic companies met goals

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO — The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced on Wednesday that 321 cosmetics companies have met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the campaign’s voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the United States and to fully disclose product ingredients. An additional 111 companies made “significant progress toward those goals,” the campaign stated.

More than 1,500 companies signed the compact from its inception in 2004 until August 2011, when the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics closed the compact project. The research team at Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database developed tools for tracking each company’s compliance with the goals of the compact. Through these tools, the campaign determined that 321 companies achieved “Champion” status by fulfilling the goals of the compact, and an additional 111 companies reached “Innovator” status by getting most of the way there.

According to the campaign, the “Champions” are demonstrating best practices by:

  • Making effective products without using ingredients prohibited for use in cosmetics in other countries;   
  • Disclosing all their ingredients, including those that make up “fragrance”; and
  • Working together with nonprofit health groups to increase market demand for safe, sustainable products and practices.

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National Bio+Green Sciences introduces new HandSan hand sanitizer

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — National Bio+Green Sciences has created HandSan, which is positioned as the first-ever alcohol-free, organic hand cleanser made solely from purified water and vitamins with no artificial preservatives.

“Like all Bio+Green Crystals products, our HandSan is an eco-friendly product created in America using local components whenever possible, supporting regional and national businesses, and creating quality manufacturing-based jobs,” stated Nik Renieris, founder and CEO of National Bio+Green Sciences.

HandSan has a suggested retail price of $5.99. HandSan, together with the Bio+Green Crystals all-natural line of household cleaners, are available for purchase at select retail locations.

 

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PCPC, SAI Global partner to create first industrywide cosmetics supplier assessment program

BY Antoinette Alexander

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — SAI Global, which provides training, registration audits and supplier management programs, is partnering with the Personal Care Products Council to help improve and enhance the operations for suppliers and manufacturing facilities within the personal care and cosmetic industry.

SAI Global’s Personal Care Manufacturing Assessment Program was designed in conjunction with the council, and addresses the specific needs of the cosmetics industry. The program is a customized supplier training and assessment program designed to assist cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers and suppliers with good manufacturing practices that adhere to principles of product quality and safety.

PCMAP is based on widely accepted international standard ISO 22716, Cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practices, which provides guidelines relating to the production, control, storage and shipment of cosmetic products. The program also incorporates key elements of ISO 9001, as well as multiple risk level categories in which suppliers may be evaluated based on the perceived risk level of the product or component provided. The objective: Reduce wasteful, redundant auditing.

SAI Global is launching two initial training courses in December to educate the industry on program elements. The PCMAP assessments will be piloted in December, with full rollout planned for January 2012.

The first course offered by SAI Global is PCMAP — Understanding and Implementing Course. This two-day interactive training course will describe essential components required to implement a quality and safety management system that ensures the proper production, control, storage and shipment of cosmetic products. This course not only complies with new GMP requirements in the EU, but also builds an effective management system infrastructure that is based on the internationally recognized ISO 22716 standard. The first course will be offered publically in the Cleveland area on Dec. 20 and 21.

The second training class available is PCMAP — Auditing Course. This two-day auditor course provides attendees with tasks on how not only to audit and comply with the new GMP requirements and achieve ISO 22716 certification, but more importantly to ensure an effective quality management system infrastructure exists to exceed and meet customer expectations. The class will be held in Somerset, N.J., on Jan. 19 to 20, 2012.

The courses also can be privately conducted at any facility for a group of employees that require this training.
 

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