Global regulations have changed the approach to personal care innovation, and the impacts of these regulations are intense. These impacts include; resource allocation in R&D and regulatory support, altered timelines for new product development (NPD), limiting formulation performance claims, limiting ingredient selection, and changing the way that ingredient suppliers and formulators interact and work together – all of which seems as a hurdle for personal care.

It is useful to consider the overall impact of these changes on the ultimate business success of new product launches

The number and intricacy of regulations impacting on personal care formulations and the ingredients used in them continue to increase at a dramatic rate. While the regulatory requirements for personal care products in the US might be viewed as mild compared to many other countries, the actual situation is far more complex.

This is the result of two factors: regulatory requirements for ingredients may be driven by other users and regulations beyond what may be required for personal care and there is continued the momentum towards regulations of both cosmetics and their ingredients by different States within the US.

In a global world, most of us also need to be concerned about global regulations that have become more complex and onerous, like Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACh), the European Cosmetics Directive, the Canadian “Domestic Substances List” (DSL), Australia’s “National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme” (NICNAS), China’s regulations for importing chemicals and Measures for the “Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances” (MEP), and many others.

Also, coming soon to a planet near you is something called the “Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management” (SAICM), brought to you by your friends at the United Nations. The global list, like the domestic list, grows daily.

Reference : {The Impact of Global Regulations on Personal Care Innovation  by Kevin F. Gallagher}

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