ANSM has just published a decision to ban two products developed by Laboratoire Promicea: Neostem Serum and Neostem Pocket Lift. To the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety, they fit the definition of a drug, not a cosmetic product, and are likely to be hazardous for human health. [Read more ]
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August 22, 2016 ANSM
Artificial nails: risks and precautions to take

The products and techniques used to apply or remove artificial nails are not risk-free for natural nails or the tissues around them. These practices are increasingly advised against in certain situations (pregnancy, surgery…). The ANSM (French National Agency for Medicines and Health... [Read more ]

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December 12, 2013 ANSM
Cosmetic short news: Guidance CLP

Latest cosmetics news in brief: Guidance CLP - Modification of the CLP regulation - The SCCS revises its Opinion about Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol - “Belle et Bien” runs to fight cancer - AFNOR: 4 collections of standards about the environmental labeling -... [Read more ]

November 8, 2013 ANSM
Cosmetic short news: Modification of the CLP regulation

Latest cosmetics news in brief: Modification of the CLP regulation - The SCCS revises its Opinion about Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol - “Belle et Bien” runs to fight cancer - AFNOR: 4 collections of standards about the environmental labeling - L'Oreal buys... [Read more ]

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July 31, 2013 ANSM
ANSM lists the hair straightening products with formaldehyde

On 25 July 2013, the French ANSM, in the frame of its mission to monitor the cosmetics market, has released, on its website, a list of hair straightening products that contain formaldehyde in concentrations over the allowed upper limit. Much of them comes from Brazil and the USA, and may be for... [Read more ]

July 23, 2013 ANSM
ANSM: the 2012 activities report

As it does every summer, even more since the Agency has been reshaped and the transparency requirements enhanced, the French ANSM has released its activities report for last year. A view of the cosmetic products sector, with figures about clinical tests, cosmetovigilance, inspections ... [Read more ]

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July 22, 2013 ANSM
The French ANSM brings order to tooth whitening

Since 31 October 2012, the European regulation on cosmetics is tougher concerning all tooth whitening products that contain hydrogen peroxide. Currently, two types of products coexist on the market: some with a status of medical device, others with the status of cosmetic product. On 9 July 2013,... [Read more ]

July 16, 2013 ANSM
Tattoos on the beach: be cautious!

The French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) has just released a “Vigilance” report, which combines all the alerts and the advice from the Agency about medicines and other health products. In the Cosmetovigilance section, there is a warning about... [Read more ]

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June 27, 2013 ANSM
ANSM: First meeting of the Cosmetics Interface Committee

The first meeting of this new commitee, established after the overhaul of the French Afssaps to the ANSM, was held on 31 May. Its report has just been released on the agency’s website. Around the table, twelve members of the ANSM, and twelve from the industry (FEBEA and Cosmed). On the... [Read more ]

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June 11, 2013 ANSM
859,330 € to measure our exposure to cosmetics

The study is funded by the French ANSM and is conducted by the University of Western Brittany, UBO, in Brest. Its aim is to accurately estimate the exposure of the French population to cosmetic ingredients and products (how much is applied each time, how many times), in order to improve the... [Read more ]

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January 28, 2013 ANSM
The French ANSM: what about cosmetics?

The French Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament (ANSM) is brand-new. Launched by a 29 December 2011 law, it replaced the French Agency for the sanitary safety of health products (Afssaps) on 1 May 2012, though it has been effective only in October. New powers, new... [Read more ]

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January 7, 2013 ANSM
ANSM 2012 inspections report

Monitoring the market and its practices is one of the duties of the French ANSM. Sometimes working in cooperation with the DGCCRF, it commands inspections of cosmetic products and companies. Vanessa Picot and Jean-Christophe Born, both inspectors in the Agency, have presented the result of these... [Read more ]

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October 5, 2012 ANSM
Musk xylene and musk ketone: risk assessment by the ANSM

Perfuming substances, suspected to be endocrine disruptors, musk xylene and musk ketone have just been evaluated by the French ANSM. Its conclusion: despite safety margins considered as enough, the Agency recommends lowering the limit and/or to ban these two ingredients. [Read more ]

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September 5, 2012 ANSM
The French ANSM develops a method to detect phthalates in cosmetics

In an article published on 31 August 2012 in the Journal of Chromatography A, a procedure of analysis has been presented, based on works performed in the ANSM laboratories, in order to detect and quantify 12 phthalates, in which eight are banned for use in cosmetics. This new approach, which... [Read more ]

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July 30, 2012 ANSM
2-Hydroxyethyl Picramic Acid: the French ANSM confirms it is safe for use

Used as a hair colourant, suspected to be an endocrine disruptor, 2- hydroxyethyl picramic acid has been evaluated by the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and cosmetics (ANSM). Its conclusion: when used at the maximum concentrations currently allowed by regulation, this... [Read more ]

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June 26, 2012 ANSM
The French ANSM bans chloracetamide

The press release is sent on 25 June 2012. After a decision on June 14, the ANSM (French National Agency for Safety of Medicines) decides the recall and bans manufacturing, import, export, wholesale, holding for selling or free gifts, and using cosmetic products that contain chloroacetamide.... [Read more ]

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June 14, 2012 ANSM
CMR: the French ANSM recalls the rules

Some few days after the release, by ECHA, of a first list of CMR substances, the French ANSM releases, on June 13, a document designed for the manufacturers of cosmetics. This press release reminds them of the rules relevant to these substances after the new Regulation. [Read more ]

June 5, 2012 ANSM
4-methylbenzylidene camphor: an insufficient safety margin, in the ANSM opinion

Is using 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, a UV filter currently allowed up to 4% in cosmetic products, but also listed as an endocrine disruptor substance, safe? Yes, for the SCCS European experts. No, for the French ANSM, which questions the reasoning and the safety margins stated by this committee. [Read more ]

June 5, 2012 ANSM
Phenoxyethanol: the French ANSM questions its safety for young children

In a new evaluation of the risk linked to using phenoxyethanol in cosmetics, the French ANSM surveys all the currently available data. Its report, release, beginning May 2012, concludes that there is a safe enough margin for adults, but not for children under three. Therefore, the Agency... [Read more ]

June 2, 2012 ANSM
Royal Henna dyes: a warning by the ANSM

The DGCCRF and the ANSM call for an increased vigilance on several hair colourants, which do not comply with the regulation and are dangerous, sold in France with the “Royal Henna” trade mark. These products, manufactured in India by Topline Exim Inc., contain substances that... [Read more ]

May 1, 2012 ANSM
Bye-bye Afssaps, welcome ANSM

A new entity, the French National Agency for the safety of medicine, health products and cosmetics (ANSM) replaces the French Agency for the safety of sanitary of health products (Afssaps). The Agency press release states that “it has the same missions, rights and obligations," in order to... [Read more ]