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Ryan Nelson

Executive Editor

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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Not So Clean Beauty? False Advertising Lawsuits Allege PFAs In CoverGirl, BareMinerals Products

Coty’s and Shiseido’s respective CoverGirl and BareMinerals, both self-proclaimed creators of the clean beauty movement, deceive consumers with their toxic-free, good-for-the-planet advertising into buying PFAS-laced cosmetic products, plaintiffs allege in recent complaints. Plaintiffs against Coty point to the company’s Sustainability Report as further evidence that its promises and practices don’t line up.

United States Legal Issues

US FDA Says White Paper Could Inform Rulemaking For Cosmetic Talc-Asbestos Testing

Formed by the FDA in fall 2018 and convened in early 2020 for a public meeting, the Interagency Working Group on Asbestos in Consumer Products maintains that electron microscopy should be a first-line method for detecting asbestos in cosmetic talc and talc-containing products, and that labs should report elongate mineral particles beyond those classically understood as asbestos.

United States Cosmetic Ingredients

US FDA Advises Drug Firms To Test For Benzene Contamination As Root-Cause Investigation Continues

The FDA offers insight into possible sources of benzene contamination in drug products, including aerosol spray propellants, carbomers, or other drug components made from hydrocarbons. Manufacturers that find benzene in drug product batches at levels exceeding 2 ppm should not release the product or, if already in distribution, discuss with the FDA initiating a voluntary recall.

United States FDA

Global Beauty And Personal Care Growth Unleashed Despite Market Tensions In Changed World

The Global Wellness Institute outlines trends shaping the post-pandemic beauty and personal-care space, projected to see annual growth in excess of 8% from 2020 through 2025.

Beauty Advertising, Marketing & Sales

‘Green’ Beauty No Better Than Mainstream At Avoiding PFAS Contamination – Mamavation Study

Women’s wellness website and activist campaign Mamavation says its findings weren’t unexpected per se, “but we were surprised at the amount of contamination we discovered.” So why are mainstream and green beauty brands alike being contaminated with PFAS “forever chemicals”? 

United States Cosmetics

Cosmetics Europe Says EU’s ‘Radical’ Regulatory Drift Sends Concerning Signal To World

The European Commission plans to launch a public consultation soon on its intention to revise the Cosmetic Products Regulation in line with Green Deal objectives and the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. Cosmetics Europe is gearing up for a battle to preserve the sector-specific approach embodied in the EU’s “gold standard” cosmetics regulations. Director-General John Chave discusses.

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