Highlights of the 4th International Cosmeceuticals Summit, 9-11 March 2009, Orlando, Florida

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Author: Helen E. Knaggs
Date: Mar. 2009
From: Clinical Dermatology(Vol. 25, Issue 1)
Publisher: Mediscript Ltd.
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,419 words
Lexile Measure: 1450L

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Cosmeceuticals' is an annual conference organised by IntertechPira that runs over 2 days. The Chairs of the conference were Dr Nava Dayan (Lipo Chemicals), Dr Phil Wertz (University of Iowa) and Dr Wen Schroeder of Seki Cosmetics. The conference organisers and Chairs convened a mix of speakers covering a broad range of topics ranging from, for example, regulatory aspects to new actives for formulating into cosmetics. A common theme of all the presentations was that the speakers presented new, sometimes preliminary findings, which provided thought-provoking material for discussion and debate.

The conference was divided into four sections: 'Regulatory overview', 'Anti-ageing', 'The innate immune system' and 'Innovations and new developments'. These areas were well chosen as they represent the major areas of interest to skin biologists and to personnel working in the personal care (PC) industry today.

The regulatory landscape frequently changes as new legislation is introduced globally in many major markets. For example, REACH lays out laws for the importation of chemicals into Europe and Amendment 7 concerns products and ingredients that have been animal tested, and both are recent significant changes impacting the PC market throughout Europe and are relevant for all global companies planning to do business within the EU. Dr Wen Schroeder also addressed the questions: what is 'green' and/or what is 'organic' and 'natural'? The definitions for these terms differ across consumer interest groups, regulatory bodies and the PC industry. Although there has been some agreement in recent months across regions of the world, there is still no global harmonised standard providing a framework for green, natural and organic. There is also debate as to whether the guidelines for this framework should be imposed on the PC industry from the government, or whether the industry should lead the way in offering guidelines on how these terms could be used regarding cosmetics and toiletries. The situation is further complicated by the different practices used in organic farming, which vary from country to country. For example, it is believed that the USDA has much stricter requirements to certify produce and goods as organic, while the legislation and farming practices in China tend...

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