U.S.-China Tariff Increase Updates

U.S.-China Tariff Increase Updates

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally published a notice in the Federal Register on May 10th of an increase in tariffs from 10% to 25% on all List 3 products being imported from China. The 10% Tariff remains in effect until June 1st for products that were shipped prior to Friday, May 10th, 2019. With a total import value of over $200 billion, List 3 products are composed of cosmetics as well as other inputs, making up approximately one-third of product imports from China.

List 1 products, which include medical devices and other inputs [...]


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Can Sunscreen Absorption into the Bloodstream Pose Health Risks?

Can Sunscreen Absorption into the Bloodstream Pose Health Risks?

A pilot study recently published in the medical journal, JAMA, found that it took just one day of sunscreen use for several active ingredients in sunscreen products to enter the blood stream at high levels. The sunscreen absorption study, which was conducted by a branch of the US FDA, examined four chemicals: avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule, and octocrylene. These four chemicals are part of the twelve chemicals that the FDA is requesting more information on from manufacturers to be considered for GRASE (Generally Regarded As Safe and Effective) status. [...]


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Effects of Sterigenics Plant Shutdown on Medical Device Licences (MDL) in Canada

Effects of Sterigenics Plant Shutdown on Medical Device Licences (MDL) in Canada

Sterigenics, an international company who provides sterilization solutions for medical devices, pharmaceutical, commercial, and food industries, has shut down its plant in Willowbrook, Illinois. The recent shutdown, which took place in February 2019, was linked to the discovered release of ethylene oxide emissions which are highly carcinogenic chemicals that are known to sterilize medical devices and other products. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency states, “studies show that breathing air containing elevated ethylene oxide levels over many years increases the risk of some types of cancers, including cancers of [...]


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Amway Launches 50 New Apps with New Digital Technology Model

Amway Launches 50 New Apps with New Digital Technology Model

Amway, an American multi-level marketing company that sells health, beauty, and home care products, has approached a new take on improving their business before outsider digital technology disrupts it. They recently teamed up with Texas-based software company, Kony, to create apps that help Amway Business Owners sell products.

According to Cosmetics Design USA, vice president of global digital services at Amway, Mike Edwards, states: “If you look at companies like Uber, they didn’t do anything unique. It’s still the taxi industry. But they leveraged digital tools to make [...]


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New Self-Care Framework Timeline

New Self-Care Framework Timeline

Health Canada is working towards improving the way self-care products (cosmetics, NHPs, and non-prescription drugs) are regulated in Canada. These changes will be implemented via the “Self-Care Framework” to regulate low-risk self care products in the same way, and reduce the regulatory burden.

Health Canada published an updated timeline for the various phases in the framework’s implementation process.  Due to the upcoming Canadian Federal Election, there have been changes to the original schedule. After public consultations, the updated approach to regulating self-care products is targeted to be phased [...]


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Revised In-Commerce List (R-ICL) Update

Revised In-Commerce List (R-ICL) Update

What is the R-ICL?

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999) was implemented by Health Canada to protect the environment and human health by contributing towards sustainable development. A section of the Act focuses on decreasing the risks associated with new and existing substances. Substance lists were established to distinguish new substances from existing ones, and to determine reporting requirements or risk assessments needed for certain substances.

The In-Commerce List [...]


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Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) - A Portable Dialysis Device

Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) - A Portable Dialysis Device

Most dialysis patients are presented with limited options for having a great quality of life. The quality diminishes further when they must consume 20-30 pills a day and have to put a harsh cap on their amount of fluid intake. Due to kidney dysfunction, they are in the hospital frequently, and must go to dialysis for 12 hours a week to get their blood filtered. It is safe to say that holding a job is tough for the average dialysis patient, and depression sometimes becomes a factor due to the multitude of restrictions put on his/her life. That's [...]


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Reclassification of High-Level Disinfectants and Sterilant Solutions as Class II Medical Devices

Reclassification of High-Level Disinfectants and Sterilant Solutions as Class II Medical Devices

Health Canada issued a notice on March 18th, 2018 regarding changes to classification of high-level disinfectant and sterilant solutions intended for use on medical devices. Instead of being regulated by the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR), disinfectants and sterilants used on medical devices are going to be regulated as Class II Medical Devices under Medical Device Regulations (MDR) if they do not meet the definition of an antimicrobial agent under Food and Drug Regulations (FDR).

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The U.S. Crackdown on CBD

The U.S. Crackdown on CBD

The increasingly popular use of CBD in prepared food and drink in New York City is beginning to gain attention for its questionable legality. The New York City Department of Health confirmed that it is starting to place focus on restaurants that use cannabidiol (CBD) as a food additive, banning products and warning restaurant owners of potential fines to come. Until now, CBD could be found in a variety of products such as brownies, lattes, and cocktails.

CBD can originate from both cannabis and hemp plants. Although industrial hemp cultivation was legalized by the U.S. in 2018, the Food and Drug [...]


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Recyclable Cosmetic Packaging - A Step Closer to an Eco-Friendly World

Recyclable Cosmetic Packaging - A Step Closer to an Eco-Friendly World

As environmental awareness increases, consumers are looking for products that are sustainable for a better future. This means buying cosmetics and personal care products that are packaged in materials that are not going to end up in landfills or contribute to diminishing the Earth’s natural resources. Most products currently on the market are packaged in plastics that are not biodegradable or compostable and may have limited potential for future use through recycling programs.

However, both small beauty brands and multinational cosmetic corporations are rethinking their packaging models to consider more eco-friendly options in order to reduce their environmental footprints. A [...]


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