ECHA Clarifies Exceptions To Cosmetic Animal-Test Ban; NGOs Regroup
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments protests that “in practice, the animal tests bans would have virtually no application,” following ECHA’s clarification of REACH-related exceptions to Europe’s prohibition on animal testing for cosmetic ingredients. According to ECHA, the ban does not apply to testing required under REACH for “environmental endpoints, exposure of workers and non-cosmetic uses of substances.”
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