Digital symposium recap: IBA Spring Cosmetic Convergence

Digital symposium recap IBA Spring Cosmetic Convergence

Recently, the Independent Beauty Association (IBA) held its first Cosmetics Convergence, a digital two-day event showcasing educational sessions covering a wide range of industry topics, including regulatory affairs like environmental legislation, and how these topics can potentially impact small to mid-sized industry companies. As Eber Bodmer, IBA’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications explained, additional topics subject matter included everything from “regulatory compliance, to sustainability, safety risks, and the future of AI in beauty.”

In addition to attending the IBA’s Spring Cosmetics Convergence, CosmeticsDesign spoke with Bodmer as well as Akemi Ooka, Ph.D., Head of Global Supply Chain Resources at IBA, Meredith Petillo, Vice President of Technical-Regulatory Affairs at IBA, and Don Frey, IBA’s President and CEO, for their insights into the event’s key takeaways.

IBA Spring Cosmetics Convergence: Day One

The first day of the digital conference focused on two pressing topics for the cosmetics and personal care product industries: MoCRA, and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). As Petillo explained, the MoCRA session covered “guidance for MoCRA registration and listing challenges, as well as insights into retailer responses and their requirements in the evolving regulatory landscape.”

In contrast, the EPR session instead highlighted “guidance for brands and manufacturers about a complex and rapidly evolving legislative and regulatory approach to addressing U.S. recycling infrastructure,” Dr. Ooka shared. The resulting “dialogue on sustainability-related compliance and retailer requirements shed light on emerging obligations and a variety of strategies for addressing them.”

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