Souper-conférence 9 février 2016

Crisis in Cosmetics: Surviving the Endless Bans of Ingredients

By Robert Ross-Fichtner, Focal Point Research Inc.

There was a time when cosmetic scientists were entrusted with developing safe ingredients for topical products. Today, that responsibility is shared with federal governments, local governments and many NGOs. The advent of social media has even made the layperson an opinionated expert on the safety of cosmetics and their ingredients. As a result, even an ingredient allowed by regulators can fall prey to public execution.

This begs the question, how does the cosmetics formulator of 2016 cope in this constantly changing environment, where what was safe yesterday is banned, restricted or condemned tomorrow? How do we find a path to a global formula where there is little harmonization in regulations? And perhaps most importantly, how do we as an industry deal with the endless assault of junk science? In this presentation, I will cover selected topics in ingredient bans, formulation options to cope with them, and what we as an industry must do to protect our science, maintain access to critical ingredients, and finally, sustain and grow the confidence of our consumers.

About the speaker

Rob has more than 30 years of experience in the formulation, manufacturing and regulation of cosmetics, OTC drugs, medical devices and nutritional supplements. He has completed hundreds of regulatory submissions for product registration and approval, and has served as a consultant to companies of all sizes around the world pertaining to their Canadian and US compliance. He has also served as a consultant directly to Health Canada.

Rob has extensive experience inspecting Cosmetic and OTC drug facilities and developing QA programs in Canada, the US and in international locations. He also has many years of experience in Research and Development, including formulation, stability and analytical chemistry, clinical trials and manufacturing. He has served as an expert witness in litigation, and contributes regularly to the development of intellectual property.

In 2007 Rob was elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association, and is a member of their Government Relations Committee. Rob was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the US Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) where he is a also member of their Technical/Regulatory Committee. He is also a member of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) in the United States a member of the Ontario Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.

Rob has served as the regular science columnist for Canada’s Cosmetics Magazine, and is currently a frequent contributor to US publication Cosmetics & Toiletries. In 2014 and 2015, Rob was a featured presenter at the Cosmetics & Toiletries Scientific Summits at the University of Pennsylvania.


When : Welcoming starting at 5:30 pm, diner at 6:30 pm followed by conference

Where : Novotel Montréal Aéroport Hotel – 2599 Bd Alfred Nobel, Ville Saint Laurent

Rates until February 2nd 20156
SCC Member : 60$
SCC no member : 80$
Student UQAC or UL : free

Rates after February 2nd or at the door
SCC Member : 90$
SCC no member :  115$

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Eventbrite - Souper-Conférence du 9 février 2016 - par Robert Ross-Fichtner

Credit photo : Focal Point Research Inc.