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cosmetic product specifications management

5 Tips to Better Manage your Cosmetic Product Specifications

By | Product Information Management | No Comments

Every new product comes with its specification that defines its identity and characteristics for both internal and external use. Often, people expect it to be one document including all the needed information but it is more complex than that. The product specification is a dossier that gathers many documents and data from different stakeholders, both internal and external. The dossier is created and updated by all the company departments during the new product development process and for its entire lifecycle.

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food regulations

Food Regulations: How to Facilitate Your Product Development in a Global Regulatory Environment

By | Cosmetic and Food Regulations, Labeling and Packaging Management, New Product Development and Innovation | No Comments

Food regulations are continually evolving with significant differences from one country to another, impacting each and every department of a company. In fact, those regulations impact every step of a product development, from R&D to marketing through procurement and quality. Non-conformity in product composition, labeling or claims can be both costly and damaging to a brand image.

To ensure an efficient product development with a fast go-to-market for targeted countries, it is essential to set up and follow regulatory frameworks to comply to local rules all along the product life cycle . It requires an international network of regulatory experts in order to share structured information, ensure data continuity from suppliers to consumers, and elaborate an efficient collaboration facilitated by optimized processes.

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cosmetic product testing

Which Tests to Ensure Cosmetic Product Safety?

By | Cosmetic and Food Regulations, New Product Development and Innovation | 2 Comments

When it comes to cosmetics, product safety is one of the biggest concern of either legal administrations, consumers or manufacturers. Indeed, manufacturers have the responsibility of ensuring that each product sold is safe for consumers. It also determines brands credibility and product quality. As consumers expect the product they buy to be efficient and conform to its description. The better the quality perceived is the better it is for brand’s image and sales.

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clean label : how to comply ?

Making Sense of the Clean Label Concept

By | Formulation and Recipe Management, Labeling and Packaging Management, New Product Development and Innovation | 2 Comments

Clean Label is there to stay. As said by Lu Ann Williams, Innova Market Insights: “It’s not really a trend anymore, it’s the new rules of the game”. Over the past few years, consumers have been looking more and more for products with cleaner label. It has been a wake-up call for the food industry to create or re-formulate some of their products that fit in consumers' wants. This desire for cleaner label might also go in pair with actions undertaken by governmental authorities to help customers better understand what they are exactly consuming, such as the new Nutrition Fact Label set by the FDA in the US.

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Globally Harmonized System - How does it affects your products

Globally Harmonized System: How Does it Affects your Products?

By | Cosmetic and Food Regulations | No Comments

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is an international system created by the United Nations in order to standardized classification and labeling of chemical substances and mixtures. GHS by the United Nations includes several regulations such as, product testing, universal warning pictograms and safety data sheet for hazardous chemical. GHS is followed by many countries all over the world such as Canada, the U.S.A., the EU, etc. Most of them use it as a reference but integrated with their own local regulations.

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allergens

3 Tips To Better Manage Food Allergens

By | Labeling and Packaging Management | No Comments

Food allergens are a real concern in the US. According to the FDA, about 2% of adults and 5% of infants and young children suffer from food allergies. Each year, it is estimated that approximately 30,000 people need emergency room treatment. For the same period, food allergies cause the death of about 150 individuals.
With millions of Americans affected by food allergies, it is crucial for the food and beverage manufacturers to, firstly, understand what exactly food allergens are; and, secondly, implement processes to control and manage all types of allergens in their products.

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regulatory compliance in the USA

Cosmetic Regulations in the USA – All You Need to Know

By | Cosmetic and Food Regulations | No Comments

In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act regulate cosmetic products. FDA gives the standards but most of the states have their own regulations such as California.
In addition to cosmetic, FDA regulates all products containing more than one ingredient: foods, drugs, electronic products, medical devices, tobacco and cosmetics.

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food and beverage formulation trends

4 Trends in Food and Beverage Formulation

By | Formulation and Recipe Management | No Comments

The food and beverage industry has been very dynamic in following trends in order to stay ahead of the game. Taking into consideration those trends, companies largely invest in new product development or re-formulation. Indeed, the need to develop new products through new or re-formulated recipes is supported by strong competition and demanding consumers – especially Millennials. Recently, there has been a great focus on reformulating or developing new product with healthier ingredients and cleaner labels. Formulators have been challenged to find new ways and ingredients to simplify labels while meeting expectations in term of nutrition, function and taste.

Here are some trends that should be embraced to stay relevant with consumers:

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