In Brief: FDA, EPA Sharing Data; Industry Lead-In-Cosmetics Petition Goes Unanswered; More
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
FDA could use data collected under the Toxic Substances Control Act to inform its risk-assessment work, a March 16 update indicates, announcing a memorandum of understanding between FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency. More news in brief.
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