The Push to Close Animal Cosmetic Testing Loopholes in Australia

A cross-party group of federal senators is pushing to tighten Australia's laws around cosmetic testing on animals, with claims that a loophole in legislation makes any testing ban "meaningless". The Australian Federal Government's plan to ban animal cosmetic testing, a promise made during the 2016 election, features in the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017, part of a suite of bills to reform the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). The bill, which was introduced into parliament in June and has not yet progressed from there, proposes a ban on testing chemicals on animals "if an industrial chemical is to be introduced for an end use solely in cosmetics".   Source: Josh Butler, HuffPost Australia Animal testing loopholes

NZ Government Publishes Summary of Microbeads Submissions

“Managing Microbeads in Personal Care Products: Summary of Submissions” was published by New Zealand’s Ministry of Environment. Microbeads are synthetic, non-biodegradable plastic beads, in dimensions of 5 mm or less. Manufacturers add them into personal care products such as bath products, facial scrubs and cleansers, and toothpastes. In these products, they act as abrasive or bulking agents. They also provide added texture, visual interest, or shelf life. Once used, these products go down the drain into local water treatment plants. The filtering systems of these plants only partially capture the microbeads. As a result, microbeads enter the marine environment. There is increasing global evidence that, because they are not biodegradable, they have negative effects on the marine environment. The Ministry for the Environment received 16,223 submissions on this topic during the consultation period.   Source: NZ microbeads

US DoJ Fines Essential Oils Company $760,000+ for Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act Violations

The Justice Department announced that YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS, L.C., headquartered in Lehi, Utah, pleaded guilty in federal court to federal misdemeanour charges regarding its illegal trafficking of rosewood oil and spikenard oil. The US Government calculates the fair market retail value of the plant products involved in the violations and relevant conduct, including but not limited to product equalling approximately 1,899.75 litres of rosewood oil, to be more than $3.5 million but not more than $9 million.   Source: Essential oils conviction


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Complementary Medicines (“Dietary supplements”):

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Cosmetics (& Household cleaning products):

NICNAS Public Consultation Forecast The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) regulates the use of all chemicals within Australia, as well as helps protect the Australian people and…


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In September 2017, the TGA released guidance on the pharmacovigilance responsibilities of sponsors.  Newly developed, this training course is for sponsors and their nominated pharmacovigilance staff with complementary medicines (AUST…


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