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Live From New York

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: June 17, 2008

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Previous recipients of the “The Art of Packaging Award” include Clinique, P&G Beauty, Bath & Body Works, Estée Lauder, Coty Inc., Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Calvin Klein, Lancôme and Avon. Dior Beauty was selected as the 2008 honoree in recognition of its longstanding commitment to package design.

Pratt founded the “Marc Rosen Scholarship for Graduate Design” in 1989. Many of the program’s graduates have secured illustrious careers in bottle and packaging design within the fragrance and cosmetics industry.


Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD), in cooperation with The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Cosmetics & Colors and the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, presented their 28th Cosmetic Regulatory Workshop on April 24, 2008 at The New York Athletic Club. Executive director, Penni Jones, welcomed attendees and stated the objectives of the workshop and the mission of ICMAD: to represent, educate and foster the growth of cosmetic industry entrepreneurial initiatives.

The presentation addressed topics including legal issues in the manufacturing and distributing of cosmetics, Proposition 65 in California, as it applies to foods and cosmetics, international regulations, product liability insurance, FDA realities, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and cosmetic drugs and the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program. Jack Bierig, ICMAD Legal Counsel, partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, gave a presentation on the distinctions between drugs and cosmetics, emphasizing, “The claims you make for your products will determine whether or not your products will need to be regulated by the FDA.”

Judith Praitis, partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Los Angeles, presented an analysis of the recent developments in Proposition 65 cases and the Safe Cosmetics Program. She noted, “The duty is on you as a manufacturer to conduct an analysis of your products.” She added, that while the burden of proof issue is very important, “California legislation has not yet allocated a budget for this, and although the list of chemicals is out there, there is no mechanism yet for filing your reports.”