Animal-Tested Cosmetic Ingredients In The EU: One Big Question Remains
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
As of July 21, regulatory and legal authorities in the EU have clarified that cosmetic ingredients tested on animals to meet third-country requirements do not necessarily trigger the Cosmetic Regulation's animal-testing ban, and that animal testing on cosmetic ingredients may be needed under REACH for various specified reasons. A final important question may be left to the courts.
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The European Chemicals Agency's Board of Appeal finds that REACH requires ingredient registrants to perform animal studies, even if their substances are used exclusively in cosmetic products. Historically opposed industry and animal welfare groups both may lose under the board’s decisions.
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