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Ryan Nelson

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Washington, D.C.
Ryan Nelson is managing editor of Informa’s Rose Sheet and the head of its cosmetics content channel, with particular expertise in evolving regulatory and legal issues. He’s been covering FDA-regulated industries for going on 15 years, previously reporting for the Gray Sheet (now Medtech Insight) where he handled beats including Capitol Hill and Emerging Technology. He began his career teaching English Literature to 9th grade boys at a private boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a role he misses only occasionally. Ryan is based in Informa’s Washington, D.C. office.
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Federal Court Stays Class Action Against CBD Firm Green Roads To Await FDA Rulemaking

Plaintiffs against Florida-based Green Roads used certificates of analysis the company makes freely available to consumers to determine that batches of two of the company’s products contained “significantly” less cannabidiol versus labeled amounts. A Florida federal court rejected the firm’s motion to dismiss, but it is interested in seeing how FDA rulemaking develops.

United States Legal Issues

Buckle Up, Industry: EWG Finds ‘4 Million Asbestos Fiber Structures’ In Makeup For Young Girls

US House Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone took note on 16 January of the Environmental Working Group’s finding of asbestos contamination in a “Princess” makeup set intended for young girls. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-MI, will speak to the test results first, pushing her own legislation that would require asbestos testing of talc-containing children’s cosmetics in accordance with preferred methods.
United States Standards

Colgate’s Tom’s Of Maine Back In Federal Court Over ‘Natural’ Claims

Tom's natural claims on toothpastes and deodorants are false and misleading, a plaintiff alleges in a proposed class action filed in Massachusetts federal court. Similar to previous complaints against Colgate/Tom’s, the plaintiff’s case is premised on the contention that “natural,” as opposed to “100% natural,” means no synthetic ingredients.

United States Advertising, Marketing & Sales

California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Advances, But Industry Encouraged By Promised Revisions

The California Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials voted yes to proposed AB 495 at a 14 January hearing in Sacramento. As drafted, the bill continues to face industry opposition, but its author and cosponsors have committed to changes that would align the legislation more closely with EU regulations and potentially resolve industry’s biggest concerns.

US States Legislation

Dutch Biotech Touts Enzyme-Powered Eczema Cream As ‘Smarter And Safer’ Solution

Headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, Micreos is focused on developing targeted antibacterial products to replace antibiotics, protect against food contamination and treat inflammatory skin conditions. The firm’s Gladskin Eczema Cream, now available stateside, uses a patented enzyme technology to destroy Staphylococcus aureus bacteria while leaving skin’s beneficial flora intact.  
Commercial Advertising, Marketing & Sales

FDA To Hold Public Meeting In February on Cosmetic Talc-Asbestos Test Methods

Recommendations from an FDA-led interagency work group regarding methods for detecting and measuring asbestos in talc and talc-containing cosmetics will be presented at the agency’s planned public meeting in Silver Spring, MD, on 4 February. The recommendations are summarized in the FDA's meeting notice, which follows contentious cosmetic product recalls based on asbestos findings.

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