CIR To Consider Re-Review Of Parabens Following Europe’s New Guidance
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Following Denmark’s decision to ban parabens in children’s cosmetics and the EC Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety’s recently revised opinion for parabens acknowledging a possible risk in diaper products for children under 6 months of age, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel may consider re-reviewing the ingredient group.
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