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Live from New York: Sharing the Fantasy

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: August 7, 2006

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The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) held its 26th Cosmetic Regulatory Workshop at the New York Athletic Club. Penni Jones, ICMAD’s executive director, welcomed attendees, noting the objectives of the workshop to foster safe and properly labeled cosmetic products. Karen Acker, ICMAD president, discussed ICMAD services, and introduced the first speaker on the agenda, Linda Katz, MD, director, Office of Cosmetics and Colors, U.S. FDA.

Katz provided an overview of the FDA’s current regulatory program. She urged that attendees not lose sight that something can be a drug and a cosmetic, “but it’s important that your labeling be consistent with what your product is, and that it is filed as both a drug and a cosmetic.”

Carl Geffken, ICMAD technical committee chair, noted the importance of providing information to the FDA and consumers to “let them know our products are safe,” and urged the voluntary reporting of ingredient formulations, saying the information “helps to support the safety of ingredients and helps the FDA and industry companies to maintain the benefit of safe cosmetics for manufacturers and consumers.” Robert Eshelman, OTC Compliance Team, Office of Compliance, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research FDA, provided a review of how drugs are regulated, citing new monographs and an update on concerns. Stan Katz, ICMAD chair and president of the ICMAD Purchasing Group, introduced Ben Thrush, Hub International Northeast, who discussed product liability and how ICMAD’s program can help small companies protect themselves.

CEW Beauty Awards

The Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Insider’s Choice Beauty Awards were held at the Grand Ballroom of New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria. The awards recognize innovative beauty products each year, and are voted on by CEW members, which include 4,000 professionals in the beauty business. Jill Scalamandre, chairman of CEW, and Nancy Berger Cardone, publisher of Allure, provided welcoming remarks. The complete list of winners is available on CEW’s Web site,

Rachel Hunter Launches Dermacia Collection

Actress and supermodel Rachel Hunter, along with Barry Knapp, president and chief product architect, Dermacia, Inc., launched the Dermacia Breathable Collection at New York’s Bryant Park Hotel. The makeup and skin care line features several noncomedogenic hypoallergenic products, and is touted by plastic surgeons and Hollywood makeup artists for its sheer and therapeutic characteristics.

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