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Ryan Nelson

Editor-in-Chief, Medtech Insight, HBW Insight

Washington, D.C.

Ryan has been covering the medical device and consumer health, wellness and beauty sectors since 2004, first as a reporter for Gray Sheet, where he covered beats including Capitol Hill, international and emerging technology, and then as managing editor of Rose Sheet. In his current role, he oversees and heads up strategy for their successor publications Medtech Insight and HBW Insight. He also manages and contributes regularly to HBW Insight’s Beauty channel with a focus on regulatory, policy and legal issues and has moderated related panels at industry events. Ryan has a growing role in developing podcasts, new features, “deep dive” article series, and infographics across teams and publications. Off the job, he enjoys spending time with his wife Katie, son Finn and daughter Maggie in Alexandria, VA, a DC suburb.

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Target Corporation Settles ‘Oil-Free’ Cosmetic Suit; Walmart And L’Oreal Next In Line

Putative class actions filed in recent years against leading beauty companies and retailers for alleged false and misleading “oil-free” claims on cosmetic products appear to be drawing to a close, more often than not via undisclosed settlements.

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California DTSC Begins Taking Notifications Of Nail Products Containing Toluene

Effective 1 January, Nail Products Containing Toluene are the latest Priority Product adopted under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation, requiring notifications from responsible entities by 2 March or 60 days after affected products enter the market. Alternatives analysis work will follow for companies that do not reformulate or discontinue products, among other options.

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Compliance Clock Starts Ticking Under Historic Modernization of Cosmetic Regulations Act

Companies have one year to comply with US FDA registration and product listing requirements under the Modernization of Cosmetic Regulations Act of 2022, part of the $1.7tr omnibus spending package signed by President Joe Biden on 29 December. Trade groups applauded the historic milestone and the legislation’s departure from previous proposals, including the elimination of user fees.

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