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February 5, 2010

The Council Hosts Annual Meeting this Month in Florida

The Personal Care Products Council will host its Annual Meeting Feb. 23-25 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL. The program features external and industry experts with unique perspectives on the challenges U.S. companies face in today’s complex, changing and globally competitive business environment.

The program will feature the release of Council-commissioned studies on industry sustainability practices, and the economic impact of the cosmetic and personal care products industry on our nation’s economy.Experts in social media will also examine the state of the beauty industry online.

Guest speakers include Google’s Dennis Woodside, vice president of America Operations and online marketing expert; pollster and author of “The Way We’ll Be,” John Zogby; Amy Longsworth, partner at Esty Environmental Partners; and social media marketing expert, Jennifer Utz of New Media Strategies.

This year’s condensed schedule consists of learning panels on media, marketing, research and development (R&D) and policy issues.Sessions will focus on new ways for companies to utilize social media and take advantage of opportunities in promising new international growth markets.They will also address emerging legislative, regulatory and international issues, including the coming reform of the FederalToxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

In addition, several Council board members will serve as panelists and/or moderators, sharing their unique perspective as industry leaders on key issues. Annual Meeting Committee Chair Art Spiro of Elizabeth Arden and Council Board Chairman Dan Brestle will deliver remarks at the opening session with Council President and CEO Lezlee Westine.

Also on deck for the conference, David Holl of Mary Kay, George Schaeffer of OPI and Ed Shirley of Procter & Gamble will participate in an industry leader roundtable, and Scott Beattie of Elizabeth Arden will moderate a panel of financial experts discussing how emerging companies can access capital investment.

A reception and opening night dinner sponsored by Black Entertainment Television (BET) will kick off the three-day event and provide an opportunity for networking.

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CSPA Releases Product Ingredients Dictionary

The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) debuted the First Edition of its Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary during its annual meeting in Florida. The dictionary was developed to standardize and define ingredient nomenclature for companies in the industry’s voluntary Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative.

According to the CSPA, the dictionary will help assure consistency in the naming of chemicals for the initiative—especially since an ingredient can have several names.

“We are pleased to be able to deliver to the industry this valuable product that will support our ingredient communication initiative,” said Chris Cathcart, CSPA president.

“It is important that companies participating in that initiative are using consistent ingredient names so the industry can help consumers better understand what is in our products. I appreciate our members who have helped support this significant body of work that will grow over the years,” he added.

This first edition is available on a CD that contains all of the ingredient monographs approved through Oct. 2009 by the CSPA Nomenclature Committee, along with many useful indices and appendices.

Each ingredient monograph features the CSPA name for the ingredient, a complete technical definition, plus further information on the ingredient functions, the types of products in which it may be used, regulatory references, other names used for the ingredient, and the trade names of the suppliers that have submitted applications.

Those who purchase the first edition of the dictionary will receive three updates planned for March, June and September that will add additional ingredient monographs and update existing monographs, and applications continue to be processed. A second edition is planned for December 2010.

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The Council Refutes Biomonitoring Study

On Dec. 2, 2009, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the results of a biomonitoring study it commissioned that examined the umbilical cord blood of 10 American infants.

EWG alleges that the test found a number of chemicals in the cord blood of the newborns, including fragrances used in personal care products, and that this sample produces sufficient evidence that American children face pre-natal exposure to dangerous substances that may have lifelong consequences.

In response, John Bailey, chief scientist, Personal Care Products Council, noted that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already determined that “the measurement of an environmental chemical in a person’s blood or urine does not by itself mean that the chemical causes disease.”

According to Bailey, like all other ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products, fragrances are evaluated for safety prior to use in marketed products, and regulated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broad legal authority to protect the public if any personal care product is determined to be unsafe.

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