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WVE Letter Prompts CIR Panel To Rethink Aerosol Cosmetics, Inhalation

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Going into the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel’s review of boilerplate language for aerosols, Women’s Voices for the Earth raised concerns about aerosol particle sizes and the potential for respiratory harm from inhalation. Panel members agreed that the NGO presented some valid points and said they plan to look into updates.

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